Published: Wed, April 05, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

Train derailment at Penn Station affects next day's commute


NJ Transit "and private bus carriers are increasing bus service as much as possible along the affected rail lines", according to the announcement.

Due to the circumstances, impacted customers are advised to build in additional travel time as delays and overcrowding conditions are anticipated.

NJ Transit and Amtrak are running fewer trains than usual today, a day after a train derailment shut down train service for several hours.

Emergency officials at the scene said one person was injured in the derailment.

The Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines on NJ Transit were still operating on a holiday schedule, mucking up the commute for tens of thousands of people. One passenger on the train, which arrived at Penn Station from Trenton, NJ, described the situation as "total chaos".

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The second derailment in a week and a half at Penn Station jolted riders and crippled rail traffic Monday but didn't cause any serious injuries.

LIRR tickets will be cross-honored on the E, 7 and 2/3 subways for customers whose trains diverted to Hunterspoint Avenue or Atlantic Terminal. "I'm not going to get to my game now because they are incompetent", the fan screached, with his voice cracking at the end.

"Amtrak may not have the money to fix its problems but NJ Transit as a concerned tenant could", said Lackawanna Coalition Vice Chair Steve Thorpe. Raritan Valley service remained suspended between NY and New Jersey, and MidTown Direct trains were still being diverted to Hoboken.

The lights dimmed and the air was stifling; passengers got conflicting directions as they were herded back-and-forth inside the train, she said.

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