NJ Transit, Amtrak lay out service disruption initiative following system failures in May

Amtrak and NJ Transit officials recently discussed solutions, including establishing a joint incident response committee.

Tony Caputo and Lanette Espy

Jun 12, 2024, 10:21 AM

Updated 37 days ago

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Following a nightmare commute last month for rail riders, Amtrak and NJ Transit officials are looking for ways to avoid another debacle.
On May 22, overhead wire issues caused major disruptions on Amtrak and NJ Transit lines. NJ Transit runs its trains on Amtrak owned lines so once that happened, commuters who use NJ Transit out of New York’s Penn Station were stuck or dropped off long before their stop.
Gov. Phil Murphy responded to Amtrak and NJ Transit in a letter following the disruptions, and said infrastructure issues need to be addressed and taken care of to avoid this in the future. Murphy also reminded Amtrak of its infrastructure failures and the exorbitant amount of money NJ Transit pays Amtrak in order to use and maintain a portion of its track.
Amtrak and NJ Transit officials recently discussed solutions. NJ Transit president and CEO Kevin Corbett says as a result of the meeting, NJ Transit and Amtrak agreed to the following:
  • Establish a joint incident response committee.
  • Enhance communication protocols for quicker and more precise information sharing.
  • Consider service adjustments for better maintenance efficiency.
  • Coordinate major project outages to optimize resource use.
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