News & Reviews News Wire Amtrak, NJ Transit Northeast Corridor service snarled by catenary issues (updated)

Amtrak, NJ Transit Northeast Corridor service snarled by catenary issues (updated)

By David Lassen | April 15, 2024

Amtrak expects delays of three hours between New York and New Brunswick, N.J.; NJ Transit operations suspended to Trenton

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Passenger and commuter trains meet
A New York-bound Amtrak Northeast Regional train passes an NJ Transit train at Elizabeth, N.J., in August 2019. Amtrak and NJ Transit operations on the Northeast Corridor have been disrupted on Monday, April 15, by catenary issues. David Lassen

NEW YORK — Amtrak passengers are facing long delays and cancellations on part of the Northeast Corridor this evening (Monday, April 15), and NJ Transit operations on the NEC are suspended, because of catenary issues near New Brunswick, N.J.

Amtrak first reported the problem at 6:33 p.m. ET on its Amtrak NEC Alerts feed on X (formerly Twitter), and slightly more than a half-hour later offered an update saying all trains between New York and New Brunswick will face 3-hour delays because of congestion resulting from those power issues. As of 8:45 p.m. ET, the passenger operator had announced cancellation of some trains between New York and Philadelphia, with other trains originating or terminating in Philadelphia or Trenton.

NJ Transit, meanwhile, had suspended service between Penn Station and Trenton because of the wire issues, which it places near Metuchen. NJ Transit rail tickets are being cross-honored by PATH at Newark Penn Station and 33rd Street, and by NJ Transit and private-carrier bus services. As of 7:30 p.m. ET, service had resumed, but was subject to delays of up to 2 hours.

For Amtrak, the area involved covers 31.4 miles and five stations: Penn Station, Newark, Newark Liberty Airport, Metropark, and New Brunswick. For NJ Transit, the outage covers 56.7 miles and some 15 stations, as shown below.

— Updated at 8:25 p.m. CT with Amtrak cancellations, NJ Transit resumption of service.


NJ Transit map of the Northeast Corridor between New York and Trenton, N.J.
The portion of the Northeast Corridor (in red) affected by Monday evening’s catenary issues. NJ Transit
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