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NJ Transit’s Morris & Essex line disrupted by catenary damage

By Trains Staff | December 5, 2023

Modified operations to last ‘until further notice’

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Portion of NJ Transit commuter rail map
A detail from NJ Transit’s rail map shows the area affected by the issue on the Morris & Essex line, shown in dark green, and the Montclair-Boonton line, where some trains are being rerouted. NJ Transit

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — NJ Transit’s Morris & Essex Line is facing modified operations for an unknown period as a result of extensive catenary repairs near Mount Tabor, N.J., the transit agency reports.

As of this morning (Tuesday, Dec. 5), and continuing until further notice, three eastbound trains and four westbound trains are cancelled each day; 15 trains are being rerouted to operate via the Montclair-Boonton line between Denville and Newark Broad Street; six trains will operate between Summit and Hoboken only; and seven trains will make additional stops. Full details are available here.

Train service on the Morristown line will originate and terminate at Morristown. Customers traveling to or from Morris Plains and Mount Tabor should use the Morristown or Denville stations on the Montclair-Boonton Line. There is no direct service to Hoboken from Morristown, Convent, Madison, or Chatham; transfers are necessary at Summit or Newark Broad Street. reports that photos on social media show catenary support structures were knocked down by apparatus from a work train, but an NJ Transit representative said the cause of the incident remains under investigation. The representative said service was likely to be impacted for “the next couple of days” beyond today.

One thought on “NJ Transit’s Morris & Essex line disrupted by catenary damage

  1. This has a picture of the damage. It took down the whole support structure too. (The article linked in the story is behind a paywall – this is not).

    Monday night many of the midtown direct trains on the Montclair Line were bypassing Newark Broad (running through the station without stopping) forcing us to go to Secaucus, take a NEC to Newark Penn and the Light Rail back to Broad Street. It looks like they have a little better system now.

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