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Railing at NJ Transit Delays, What Else Can Congress Members Do?

June 27, 2024 | njspotlightnews.org


The latest string of delays and cancellations that has snarled New Jersey Transit’s rail system in recent weeks may not be due to overhead wire issues but some other root cause entirely, an Amtrak executive told Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th) this week. 


“He suggested that the problem may not even be the overhead wires and it might have to do with the fact that Amtrak’s equipment or locomotives somehow are not compatible with the tracks along the Northeast Corridor,” Pallone said, referencing the busy stretch of track that links Boston to Washington, D.C.



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Amtrak, NJ Transit Will Cooperate to Address Train Woes, Murphy Pledges


June 27, 2024 | njspotlightnews.org


Gov. Phil Murphy, the leadership of Amtrak and New Jersey Transit and other officials convened Thursday (6/27) morning to discuss how the two agencies can better coordinate to address the severe train problems that have plagued commutes in recent weeks. 


Amtrak and NJ Transit are intertwined — Amtrak owns much of the rail system that NJ Transit trains use, while NJ Transit is responsible for much of the overhead wire network that powers those trains. The agencies have traded blame after recent commuter system meltdowns.


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NJ SEED: The issues appear to be more complex than just the overhead wires. It is encouraging that Gov. Murphy is pressing Amtrak, NJ Transit and others to work together to solve problems rather that dodging responsibility by finger-pointing. Northeast Corridor rail service, especially through NJ, is vital to the economy of the region.

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