Train disabled inside tunnel causes delays for New Jersey Transit

Evening rush hour commuters look at the departures board while at Penn Station, Friday, April 14, 2017, in New York. A New Jersey Transit train with about 1,200 passengers aboard is stuck in a Hudson River tunnel between New York and New Jersey. Authorities say the Northeast Corridor train became disabled Friday due to an Amtrak overhead power problem.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Evening rush hour commuters look at the departures board while at Penn Station, Friday, April 14, 2017, in New York. A New Jersey Transit train with about 1,200 passengers aboard is stuck in a Hudson River tunnel between New York and New Jersey. Authorities say the Northeast Corridor train became disabled Friday due to an Amtrak overhead power problem. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (4/14/17)

NORTH BERGEN - A New Jersey Transit train with about 1,200 passengers aboard has made it to New York's Penn Station after being stuck in a Hudson River tunnel between New York and New Jersey for nearly three hours.

Officials said riders should expect delays of around two hours into and out of Penn Station because of the incident.

Authorities say the Northeast Corridor train became disabled around 3:40 p.m. Friday afternoon due to a loss of power in the tunnel. The train had departed from Trenton and was scheduled to arrive at Penn Station New York at 3:15 p.m.

Authorities say no injuries were reported and there were reports of anyone needing assistance. A rescue train was dispatched to push the train into Penn Station around 6 p.m.

Dozens of passengers took to social media to criticize NJ Transit for constant rail issues. Many said they were concerned by the lack of communication the agency had with its customers.

The disabled train comes not long after a train derailment at New York Penn Station caused a week of service changes and cancellations. Another train derailment in March also caused travel issues.

Cross-honoring is in effect systemwide.

NJ Transit Executive Director Steven Santoro issued a statement after the delays.

“We deeply apologize for your experience, and I would like to hear from you. Please contact me through our website at njtransit.com using the contact us section on the home page, or call us at 973-275-5555 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week.”

Santoro said that NJ Transit was working with Amtrak to determine the cause of the incident.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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