Midtown Direct rail line to be impacted by Amtrak work

Posted: Updated:
TRENTON -

The Morris and Essex Line's Midtown Direct service will be the only rail line affected during Amtrak’s summer improvement project.

Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday that an agreement had been reached between New Jersey Transit and Amtrak that will limit the effect on most commuters from this summer's planned work at New York's Penn Station.

Christie said that the Midtown Direct line will terminate in Hoboken, and riders will have to find alternate means to get into Manhattan.

The governor said that fares for riders on the Morris and Essex lines will be reduced by about at least half and that PATH trains and ferries will honor NJ Transit fares.

“It’s my opinion that we cannot be charging people the rates that we were charging them before for a Midtown Direct ticket when they have to stop in Hoboken and take another mode of transportation," Christie said.

He said riders on other lines shouldn't expect significant delays.

Christie also announced that Amtrak agreed to allow NJ Transit to inspect the work Amtrak is doing at Penn Station, and Amtrak must share any information that could affect service.

“We’re not trusting them any longer,” Christie said. “We are standing by their side, attached to their hip, to make sure what they say they’re doing, they’re actually doing.”

A legislative hearing has been called for next Wednesday to look into the arrangement with Amtrak.

Recent derailments and other problems at Penn Station have pushed Amtrak to begin replacing aging tracks and other equipment at the station, a critical stop on the Northeast Corridor.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

  • TransportationMore>>

  • PATH conductor brings smiles to commuters with unique voice

    PATH conductor brings smiles to commuters with unique voice

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-04-17 23:34:00 GMT
    PATH conductor brings smiles to commuters with unique voicePATH conductor brings smiles to commuters with unique voice
    PATH conductor brings smiles to commuters with unique voicePATH conductor brings smiles to commuters with unique voice

    A PATH train conductor from New Jersey often brings smiles to the faces of commuters through the unique voice he uses to make announcements.

    A PATH train conductor from New Jersey often brings smiles to the faces of commuters through the unique voice he uses to make announcements.

  • NJ DOT to remove some trees along Route 33 for traffic safety

    NJ DOT to remove some trees along Route 33 for traffic safety

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 5:19 PM EDT2018-04-17 21:19:14 GMT
    NJ DOT to remove some trees along Route 33 for traffic safetyNJ DOT to remove some trees along Route 33 for traffic safety
    NJ DOT to remove some trees along Route 33 for traffic safetyNJ DOT to remove some trees along Route 33 for traffic safety

    The New Jersey Department of Transportation will soon begin removing some trees along a stretch of Route 33 in Monmouth County in order to make the roadway safer.

    The New Jersey Department of Transportation will soon begin removing some trees along a stretch of Route 33 in Monmouth County in order to make the roadway safer.

  • News

    NJ Transit to borrow train cars from Maryland to ease overcrowding

    NJ Transit to borrow train cars from Maryland to ease overcrowding

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 7:59 AM EDT2018-04-11 11:59:40 GMT
    NJ Transit to borrow train cars from Maryland to ease overcrowdingNJ Transit to borrow train cars from Maryland to ease overcrowding
    NJ Transit to borrow train cars from Maryland to ease overcrowdingNJ Transit to borrow train cars from Maryland to ease overcrowding

    New Jersey Transit is set to borrow train cars from Maryland to ease overcrowding.

    New Jersey Transit is set to borrow train cars from Maryland to ease overcrowding.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Photos: Devils 2018 playoffs

    Photos: Devils 2018 playoffs

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 5:53 PM EDT2018-04-18 21:53:12 GMT

    A series of photos of the New Jersey Devils in the 2018 NHL playoffs.

    A series of photos of the New Jersey Devils in the 2018 NHL playoffs.

  • Musical acts coming this summer to the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City

    Musical acts coming this summer to the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City

    Florida Georgia Line is set to rock Atlantic City on July 13.Florida Georgia Line is set to rock Atlantic City on July 13.

    The Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City has announced that it will be opening its doors to the public on June 28 at the site of the old Trump Taj Mahal.  Throughout the summer and early fall, the Hard Rock will live up to its name with a lineup of some of music's biggest stars.   

    The Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City has announced that it will be opening its doors to the public on June 28 at the site of the old Trump Taj Mahal.  Throughout the summer and early fall, the Hard Rock will live up to its name with a lineup of some of music's biggest stars.   

  • Former first lady Barbara Bush through the years

    Former first lady Barbara Bush through the years

    Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.
    Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.

    Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.

    Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."