Disabled Amtrak train causing headaches at Penn Station

Marco Green
July 16, 2017

The so far, so good Summer of Hell at Penn Station hit a major road bump Saturday when two trains lost power, stranding more than 700 riders - and one of the rescue trains sent to help also stalled. "We believe it was the same overhead issue", he said.

The first train's passengers were provided snacks and water, and power was restored in about an hour, the Amtrak spokesman said.

"We always have two on standby", the spokesman said of the rescue trains.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey said its PATH trains from Hoboken and Jersey City, New Jersey, cross-honored an average of about 23,000 NJ Transit fares on the first four days.

It happened just before 5 p.m. between the platform and the tunnel.

Until the stalled train is moved to the station, NJ Transit and Amtrak trains between NY and New Jersey will be delayed, officials said.

Meanwhile, at 4:35 p.m., an NJ Transit train was disabled at Penn Station, Tolbert said. Some 600 people were stuck inside without air conditioning. That caused up to 30-minute delays for commuters, he said.

As we approach the end of week one of summer track repairs at Penn Station, Amtrak says the emergency track work is slightly ahead of schedule.

Amtrak's chief operations officer called the first week of summer-long track work and corresponding schedule cutbacks for commuters at Penn Station a success.

Saturday's malfunction has nothing to do with the rehab project, officials said.

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