UPDATE: NBC 4 News reported that a taser was used on someone that set off a stampede because commuters thought there was gunfire.
How many alerts are too many? New Jersey Transit customers are continuously bombarded with dreaded alerts about delays, disabled trains, cross-honoring, and more. This is just a sample from those sent on Friday afternoon into evening, the start of the Easter holiday weekend when riders want nothing more than to get home to spend time with family after a hard week of work.
- Trains in and out of New York are now subject to up to 2 hour delays due to an earlier disabled NJ TRANSIT train in one of the Hudson River tunnels. Sent: 8:01 PM
- Trains in and out of New York are now subject to up to 90 minute delays due to a disabled NJ TRANSIT train in one of the Hudson River Tunnels. Sent: 5:41 PM
- Trains in and out of New York are now subject to up to 45 minute delays due to a disabled NJ TRANSIT train in one of the Hudson River Tunnels. Sent: 5:20 PM
- NJT rail tickets and passes will be cross honored system-wide with NJT bus and private carriers, and on PATH at NPS, HOB and 33rd Street. Sent: 5:10 PM
- Trains in and out of New York are now subject to up to 45 minute delays due to an Amtrak overhead power problem in one of the Hudson River Tunnels. Sent: 4:38 PM
Twelve hundred passengers were stranded this afternoon on a New Jersey Transit train at New York Penn Station. The problem was due to an Amtrak power issue and was affecting all service to the northeast corridor. The train was disabled and a rescue train was dispatched There were no reported injuries. Now there is a 30 minute delay on all trains. TAPinto spoke to a member of the FDNY who confirmed a disabled train.
Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club released the following statement:
“With all these breakdowns, NJ Transit should be a joke, but it’s not funny, its ridiculous. Every day there is a delay and breakdown on NJ Transit. Now it is even worse that it is a holiday weekend. People are stuck in New York and cannot get home to their families. What we are seeing are higher fares, less service, and more and more breakdowns. It is outrageous that NJ Transit fares have been raised nine times, but the service isn’t getting any better. We have seen more equipment breakdowns and derailments because of the Christie Administration’s failure to update our aging rail system. Instead of installing breaking equipment and improving our rails, the Christie Administration has cut public transit funding, which has burdened commuters with more delays and failures.”
“We once had one of the best transit systems in the country, but the Christie Administration’s mismanagement and failure to fund transportation has practically ruined it. We need to replace these antiquated braking systems and monitor our rail lines to prevent disasters and breakdowns, but we cannot do so if they keep taking the funding. All along, the Christie Administration has played games with transit funding, but there are serious consequences. Instead of using the $8 billion of federal funding for capital upgrades like automatic braking, NJ Transit used it for tires and to keep the lights on. While there have been runaway trains and malfunctions happening along NJ Transit lines, the federal government even mandated NJ Transit to upgrade their system with an automatic braking system, but they have failed to do. This is because they keep cutting funding to make commuters safer. All of these cut backs mean the wheels are coming off the buses.”