Double dose of train troubles cause headaches for Penn Station commuters

Double dose of train troubles cause headaches for Penn Station commuters

The disabled train comes during what is called the "Summer of Hell" for commuters as many changes among the MTA, Amtrak, and NJ Transit are taking place as construction to rehab tracks and stations goes on.

Amtrak train 98 stalled shortly before 11 one of the Hudson River tunnels, traveling from Miami, Mike Tolbert said. PATH stations in New Jersey, along with the commuter hub at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal, are just some of the places that have seen an uptick in commuters since Monday. Amtrak sent a second train out to the train, but the rescue train also became disabled.

An Amtrak official said the train was towed into the station at 5:05 p.m. after it experienced overhead power issues.

Infrastructure Renewal at New York Penn Station: Time-lapse from Amtrak Media on Vimeo.

The disabled train sparked delays of up to 30 minutes for commuters for New Jersey Transit as Amtrak travel between NY and New Jersey was briefly suspended.

There were 170 people on the Amtrak train, which was travelling from Miami to NY. Some 600 people were stuck inside without air conditioning. As 1010 WINS' Al Jones reported, while some LIRR contingency plans have been underused, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota says it's too early to pull the plug. "We're a little bit ahead of where we expected to be in one week", said Scot Naperstek, Amtrak Chief Operating Officer.

Saturday's malfunction has nothing to do with the rehab project, officials said.



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