MONTCLAIR, NJ - A train signal at the Walnut Street Station was not working properly today.  The signal to indicate to drivers and pedestrians that a train was arriving flashed eventhough there was no train in sight. Traffic was backed up for blocks while the gate was down and red lights continued to flash. Some drivers turned around and drove another route, while others chanced crossing the tracks with caution.

At approximately 11:30am, a NJ Transit technician arrived on the scene to address the matter. Originally reported as a faulty signal before the technicians arrived, NJ Transit officials responded that the gate being down with no train in sight was a routine procedure in preparation for scheduled work.

William Smith, Public Information Officer for New Jersey Transit, said the delay was "part of preparation for scheduled work which will be beginning tomorrow."

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Starting Friday, November 7 and continuing for approximately two weeks (weather permitting), the grade crossing at Grove Street between Claremont Avenue and Walnut Street in Montclair will be temporarily closed for track repair.  The work is scheduled to be completed on or about Friday, November 21.

During this time, the track work will take place:

Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., weekdays

Between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekends

Detour routes will include Claremont Avenue, Walnut Street, Christopher Street, Greenwood Avenue and Pine Street. 

Please allow for extra travel time during this detour. 

For further information, please call NJ TRANSIT Customer Service at (973) 275-5555 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.