Another day, another massive delay at New York Penn Station.
A stalled Amtrak train snarled Tuesday morning's commute, leading to widespread delays of at least 45 minutes on most NJ Transit lines, the rail service said.
Midtown Direct trains were temporarily diverted away from Penn Station entirely and toward Hoboken, NJT said, while PATH and bus lines were cross-honoring tickets at Newark Penn, Hoboken and 33rd Street.
Amtrak said an Empire Service train stalled just before the platform, though later was able to pull in under its own power. But even with that train cleared, Amtrak delays would remain due to ongoing repair work on one of the station's tracks.
It was just the latest in what has seemed to commuters like an incessant string of rail problems:
- On March 24 an Amtrak train derailed and bumped into an NJ Transit train.
- On April 3 a second derailment closed more than a third of New York Penn Station's tracks for four days.
- On April 14 a train got stuck in a tunnel for nearly three hours, leading to systemwide delays for travelers.
- On April 21 an Amtrak switch problem near Newark caused widespread delays.