This spring we announced that Amtrak would need to take two tracks out of service at Penn Station New York this summer to accommodate critical infrastructure repair work. As a result, on weekdays only, four peak-period Midtown Direct trains in each direction on the Montclair-Boonton Line, one peak-period train in each direction on the North Jersey Coast Line and select reverse-peak trains on the Morris & Essex Line were temporarily diverted to Hoboken. Morris & Essex Line Midtown Direct trains also temporarily bypassed Newark Broad Street Station during the peak-periods.
I’m pleased to announce that the Amtrak work has been completed successfully and on schedule, and the following schedule adjustments are now in effect. For detailed schedule information, please visit njtransit.com.
Montclair-Boonton Line: All eight trains that were temporarily rerouted to Hoboken are now operating to and from Penn Station New York.
Morris & Essex Line: Midtown Direct trains will resume stopping at Newark Broad Street Station during morning and evening peak periods. Reverse-peak trains that originated from Hoboken during the Amtrak work will resume originating from New York Penn Station.
North Jersey Coast Line: We’ve increased service to Hoboken and Avenel as a result of customer feedback and an analysis of the ridership this summer. Train 2602 will continue to arrive in Hoboken at 7:28AM, and train 2611 will continue to depart Hoboken at 5:43PM. Customers can continue to conveniently connect with NJ TRANSIT buses, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, PATH trains and NY Waterway ferry service at Hoboken. Avenel will become a full-time North Jersey Coast Line station, with 32 additional stops each week. An additional 11 trains will stop on weekdays, and weekend service will be added for the first time, with 21 stops.
Allow me to convey our sincere and heartfelt thanks to you — our valued customers — for your patience during these necessary repairs. Since arriving at NJ TRANSIT early last year, one of the many things that has continually impressed me is the resilience and cooperative spirit of our customers.
As a longtime daily train commuter myself, I am well-acquainted with the frustrations introduced by diversions. In fact, before coming to NJ TRANSIT, I was a Morris & Essex Line Midtown Direct customer who was diverted to Hoboken every day during the Amtrak work at Penn Station New York in the summer of 2017. While the number of trains affected this summer was significantly less than 2017, and we offered trans-Hudson alternatives and offset costs through fare adjustments, I fully recognize the effects these impacts had if it was your train that was diverted to Hoboken.
We’re starting to see incremental improvements in performance, but there is still much work to be done on our way to restoring NJ TRANSIT to a national role model that our customers expect and deserve. We have no intention of resting until we get there.
Once again, thank you.