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August 9, 2011

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will operate limited service on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast line this evening, and will continue to route Midtown Direct trains to and from Hoboken Terminal, following a minor train derailment in New York Penn Station this morning.


NJ TRANSIT is advising customers of the following:


  • Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line trains will operate limited service to and from New York Penn Station, subject to 60 to 90 minute delays in both directions. 
  • Midtown Direct trains will operate to and from Hoboken Terminal for the remainder of the service day.  Customers can connect to PATH in Hoboken at no additional charge.
  • Some trains will be combined or cancelled this evening.  Expect crowding conditions onboard trains.
  • All trains to and from Hoboken Terminal will be subject to 15 to 20 minute delays due to congestion from Midtown Direct trains.

 To give customers alternate travel options, NJ TRANSIT rail tickets and passes will continue to be honored on NJ TRANSIT buses, private carrier buses and PATH trains at Newark, Hoboken and New York for the remainder of the day.


Shortly before 8 a.m., Northeast Corridor train 3823, the 7:53 a.m. New York departure scheduled to arrive in Trenton at 9:22 a.m., experienced a minor derailment as it was departing New York Penn Station.  Two cars of the 10-car train derailed, remaining upright in the vicinity of the Hudson River tunnel.  There were no injuries among the 300 customers onboard or the train crew, and there were no customers riding in the cars that derailed.  A rescue train was dispatched to the disabled train, and a passenger transfer was completed at 9:18 a.m., at which time the rescue train continued to Trenton.


As a result of the derailment, trains will have limited access to and from the Hudson River tunnel for service into and out of New York Penn Station until further notice.  Crews continue to work to clear the affected equipment from the tracks, with no estimate for full restoration of service at this time.


NJ TRANSIT apologizes for the delays and inconvenience.  We are conducting a joint investigation with Amtrak into the cause of the derailment. 


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