Amtrak’s Portal Bridge is one of those innocent facets of life you pass by, usually without noticing. However, if you mention it around any commuters from New Jersey, they will begin to shake their heads in agony.
It seems like New Jersey commuters cannot catch a break, after facing two straight days of signal problems, mechanical failures, and stalled trains across the region’s mass transit system.
The first day of the so-called “Summer of Hell” emergency track repair program at Penn Station appears to have largely gone off without a hitch.
Late Thursday night, another New Jersey Transit commuter train derailed at Penn Station. According to initial reports, the train was travelling in the vicinity of track 11, a part of the station that is scheduled to receive intensive maintenance beginning on Monday.
Following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call to reduce fares on the Long Island Rail Road during the upcoming “summer of hell”, the MTA has followed through on his request.
Following a low on-time performance rating for New Jersey Transit in April 2017, May’s statistics look no better. Only 86.9% of New Jersey Transit’s trains were on time (arriving within six minutes of schedule) within the month of May 2017, as compared to 87.1% in April, and 93.5% in March. This is largely due to many incidents on Amtrak-owned territory, which have severe effects on NJ Transit’s service.
MTA Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim announced during today’s LIRR committee meeting that the railroad will be freezing all payments to Amtrak.