What to Know
Monday's derailment at NY Penn largely crippled the Manhattan hub, and service changes will continue Wednesday
Amtrak, LIRR and NJ Transit are all operating on modified schedules; there's no estimated timetable for full service restoration
A full restoration is still days away, sources said
Lingering service changes stemming from Monday's NJ Transit derailment at New York's Penn Station are posing more headaches yet again for commuters Wednesday.
With full restoration of rail service in and out of Penn still days away, here's what you need to know (for real-time updates, click here):
- New Jersey Transit Executive Director Steve Santoro said eight tracks in the station are out of commission. It's not clear when full service in and out of New York Penn will be back. Service on the busy Northeast Corridor (NEC) and North Jersey Coast Line (NJCL) are operating on a holiday schedule again Wednesday; this means trains will not operate to or from the Jersey Avenue and Avenue stations. Additional train service inbound and outbound to Penn Station is being added. Click here for the full list of additional service.
- Midtown Direct trains will continue to operate in and out of Hoboken Terminal, where customers can access PATH and NJ Transit bus service and New York Waterway ferry.
- Raritan Valley Line service will operate on a regular weekday schedule and originate/terminate at Newark Penn Station.
- Main/Bergen, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis Lines will operate on regular weekday schedules.
- Atlantic City Rail line rail service will operate on a regular weekday schedule.
- Customers are encouraged to check njtransit.com for complete details.
- Cross-honoring remains in effect with NJ Transit bus, private carrier bus, NY Waterway ferry, and PATH at Newark, Hoboken and 33rd Street. PATH will also have increased service.
- Hoboken services will also be impacted due to the additional trains in the terminal.
- NJ Transit and private bus carriers are increasing bus service as much as possible on routes along the affected rail lines. Academy will enhance its PNC park-and-ride service to accommodate North Jersey Coast Line customers. Suburban Transit will also add service to accommodate Northeast Corridor customers.
- LIRR is canceling 10 trains from Penn Station between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Three more trains will terminate at Jamaica and another will divert to Hunterspoint Avenue in Queens. Full details here.
- New York City Transit will cross-honor LIRR tickets at Jamaica, Atlantic Terminal and Hunterspoint Avenue.
- LIRR will operate primarily out of Tracks 17 through 21 at Penn Station; in some cases, trains may depart from 10, 11 or 12, which are accessible from the exit corridor closer to Eighth Avenue, or via NJ Transit's concourse.
- In "incremental improvements" from Tuesday, westbound service to Penn Station on the Port Washington branch will not be suspended.
- Westbound service between Jamaica and Penn will be available after 5 p.m. in contrast to Monday and Tuesday. Customers will be able to transfer at Jamaica via the E subway train for continued service to Penn Station.
- The LIRR will operate on near normal schedules out of Atlantic Terminal, Brooklyn, and Hunterspoint Avenue, Queens.
- Subways are cross-honoring LIRR tickets at Penn Station on the 1/2/3 and A/C/E lines.
- Cross-honoring remains in effect for NJ Transit and Amtrak tickets at Newark.
- Extra trains were added Tuesday afternoon to the Journal Square-33rd Street and Hoboken-33rd Street lines in response to increasing ridership demands.
- PATH will continue to run additional trains through the evening commute Tursday.
- Passengers should expect higher volume on trains and should allow extra travel time
- A top Amtrak official said a switch machine was badly damaged in Monday's derailment. Echoing Santoro's earlier comments, the official would not even speculate on when service might return to normal.
- Amtrak will operate a modified schedule on the Northeast Corridor on Wednesday and continue through Thursday. Customers on trains arriving/departing New York Penn Station may experience delays up to 50 minutes during rush hours and up to 25 minutes during non-rush hours.
- Due to reduced track capacity, the Northeast Regional service will operate a modified schedule with reduced frequencies between Washington, D.C. and New York. To accommodate passengers during the modified schedule, Amtrak is providing some additional stops in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey on Wednesday.
- The Empire Service and Keystone Service will also run on a modified schedule with some reduced frequencies.
- All long distance trains that normally travel to and from the Northeast Corridor will maintain normally scheduled service.
- Metro-North’s customers of the Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line will have regular train schedules from Hoboken. But Metro-North advises customers that train service to Secaucus will be reduced in accordance with information released by NJ TRANSIT. As a result, Metro-North’s Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line customers who are departing from New York City are advised to ride PATH trains to Hoboken to connect with Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line trains.
- With extra NJ TRANSIT trains scheduled from Hoboken Terminal, Hoboken customers should expect congestion-related delays and plan extra time for travel.
- NY Waterway ferries are accepting NJ Transit tickets on all routes Wednesday and Thursday. NY Waterway will also operate a special ferry route for NJ Transit ticket holders only from the Hoboken NJ Transit Terminal Slip 5 to Midtown West 39th Street. Those ferries will depart every half-hour from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., with return trips from West 39th Street every 30 minutes from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free NY Waterway buses meet arriving ferries at West 39th Street and carry passengers on several crosstown routes. A free bus location app is available on nywaterway.com.