Power outages hit Amtrak, commuter operations on Northeast Corridor

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A New Jersey Transit train stops at the Edison, N.J., station in June 2018. Edison was the site of one of three power outages disrupting Northeast Corridor service today.
Ralph Spielman

NEW YORK — Northeast Corridor service for Amtrak, NJ Transit and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has been interrupted by a pair of power outages today.

The initial issue, with an overhead wire, led to an outage at New York’s Penn Station as of 10:10 a.m. Power was restored by 10:45 a.m., with Amtrak Northeast Corridor and NJ Transit North Jersey Coast and Midtown Direct trains rolling again at approximately 11 a.m. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Three trains in the Hudson River tunnels were disable; a rescue engine moved them out of the south tube and back to Penn Station by 11:15 a.m., Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said.

Another outage was reported at Edison, N.J., at 11:30 a.m., which slowed trains, although they were able to continue operation. A third outage then struck between between New Rochelle, N.Y., and Philadelphia shortly after noon, Abrams said. That affected Amtrak, NJ Transit, and SEPTA service. Power was restored in approximately 15 minutes; the cause of that outage is also under investigation.

SEPTA tweeted that service on its service between Trenton and Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station had been suspended at 11:20 a.m., with that suspension lifted at 12:50 p.m.

Full Amtrak service on the Northeast Corridor resumed by 1:45 p.m., with residual delays of up to two hours; NJ Transit was reporting delays of up to an hour. NJ Transit’s Midtown Direct service to Penn Station has resumed after some trains were diverted to Hoboken. NJ Transit and Port Authority Trans-Hudson buses are honoring NJ Transit rail tickets, as are private carriers.

No Long Island Rail Road trains out of Penn Station were affected, LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan said.

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