Community Alert: NJ Transit Delays

Frank Fleming was trying to attend the Mets opener like he has done for almost two decades Monday when a New Jersey Transit train in front of his derailed at Penn Station.

NJ Transit offered no timetable for service restoration Monday, but as with the March 24 derailment, when an Acela slipped off the tracks and bumped an NJ Transit train heading the opposite way, delays were expected to be significant - and lasting. Fleming, dressed to the nines in Mets regalia, could not handle the incompetency of Penn Station and took his frustration out over the air.

"Until we have the switch machine repaired we are likely to have modified service", Naparstek said, adding that crews are working round-the-clock to make repairs, but he could not give a time rame for the return of full service.

In the evening the LIRR said it would have to cancel 10 trains during the morning rush so that Amtrak could continue with its work to fix the tracks.

Remaining LIRR trains from Penn Station are expected to experience delays and crowding.

This is the second train derailment at Penn Station in less than two weeks.

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Officials say as crews continue to work at Penn Station to fix track damage, the LIRR plans to operate the evening-rush hour schedule used on Monday.

Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert said a switch machine is the section of interlocking track containing an actual switch and the apparatus to move a rail. Media reports say there are no injuries.

"Midtown Directs are still going to Hoboken and from there, PATH service is cross-honoring our rail customers". Raritan Valley service remained suspended between NY and New Jersey, and MidTown Direct trains were still being diverted to Hoboken.

New Jersey Transit Executive Director Steve Santoro said Tuesday that eight tracks in the station are either unusable or partially usable.

If last week's accident was any indication, commuters can expect delays on LIRR trains out of Penn Station during today's evening commute. Customers can take the 3:43 p.m. train from Penn Station due Huntington at 4:49 p.m. with stops at Woodside, Jamaica, New Hyde Park, and all further stops to Huntington.

  • Ronnie Bowen