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Train officials said modified and limited train service will continue in and out of NYC for the "foreseeable future" after Monday's derailment damaged a piece of equipment.
Amtrak said a switching machine was damaged, causing eight tracks at New York Penn Station to be inaccessible. Service cannot resume on those tracks until the repairs are made.
That leaves 13 of the 21 tracks at the train station in operation, and creates a bottleneck for NJ Transit, LIRR and Amtrak trains.
Amtrak officials said they're not sure how long it's going to take to complete the repairs. But both Amtrak and NJ Transit said to expect modified service at least through Thursday night.
** TRAIN CHANGES **
Here are the details released by each train service:
LIRR will be operating primarily on tracks 17 to 21 again Tuesday afternoon, but it will have access to 10 through 12 if necessary. LIRR westbound train service from Jamaica to Penn Station will be suspended at 4 p.m. Westbound train service from Woodside to Penn Station will be suspended from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NJ Transit will continue on holiday schedule with some extra trains scheduled to help with crowds. Click here to find the schedule for your line.
The following additional trains will operate outbound from Penn Station NY for Tuesday's PM rush:
NEC 4:38 p.m. to Jersey Ave.
NEC 5:28 p.m. to Jersey Ave.
NJCL 5:38 p.m. to Bay Head
NEC 6:31 p.m. local to Trenton (including Jersey Ave. stop)
NJCL 6:38 p.m. to Bay Head
No decisions have been announced regarding Wednesday's service.
Amtrak will operate a modified schedule on the Northeast Corridor through Thursday, April 6 due to a NJT incident that occurred at New York Penn Station Monday, April 3, which temporarily prompted the closure of several tracks at the station. Customers on trains arriving/departing New York Penn Station may experience delays up to 50 minutes during rush hours and up to 25 minutes during non-rush hours.
Due to reduced track capacity, the Northeast Regional service will operate a modified schedule with reduced frequencies between Washington, D.C. and New York, NY. To accommodate passengers during the modified schedule, Amtrak is providing some additional stops in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The Empire Service and Keystone Service will also run on a modified schedule with some reduced frequencies.
All long distance trains that normally travel to and from the Northeast Corridor will maintain normally scheduled service.
The Port Authority said it is adding additional trains on the PATH Hoboken-33rd Street and Journal Square-33rd Street lines during rush to help with the influx of riders.
NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Train 3926, the 7:31 from Trenton, had a slow-speed derailment while pulling into track 9 at Penn Station at about 9 a.m. Monday. NJ Transit described it as a "minor derailment."
About 1,200 passengers were on the train at the time. Five people were treated for minor injuries.
This was the second derailment in as many weeks at NY Penn Station. In a March 24 derailment, 11 of Penn Station's 21 train tracks were taken out of service after an Amtrak train derailed and struck a NJ Transit train.
This article first appeared on abc7ny.com
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