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NJ Transit: Pascack Valley Line Still Suspended

The Dinky in Princeton and the Newark Light Rail resumed service on Wednesday.

 

Two more NJ TRANSIT rail and light rail lines will reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 7, according to the governor's office. 

The Princeton Line, also known as the "Dinky" will resume regular weekday service, and the Newark Light Rail will operate on a limited schedule between Grove Street and Newark Penn Station.

Unfortunately, for those in RiverDell who use the Pascack Valley Line, that rail is still suspended. 

Service remains suspended for the Bergen Line, Pascack Valley Line, Montclair-Boonton Line and the Morris and Essex Lines. An assessment of rail infrastructure has revealed significant damage across the system, including major damage due to downed trees between Summit and Millburn, as well as in Denville and Morristown. There is also overhead wire damage, including signal wires, with support poles down in Lyons and Bernardsville. In addition, rail washouts (no ballast under the tracks) occurred at Kearny Junction, where Midtown Direct service connects to the Northeast Corridor. Rail washouts also occurred at several tracks in Hoboken Terminal and at Netcong Station.

Also, local power outages have prevented NJ TRANSIT rail operations from being able to further test crossing gates and operating signals. In addition, hundreds of downed trees have fallen across the rail system, which have caused damage to overhead wires and signal wires. Several rail stations have sustained flood damage, including Hoboken Terminal.

According to a press release from the governor's office, NJ TRANSIT is currently running the following service:

Rail Service:

  • Northeast Corridor: Rail service is operating between Trenton Transit Center and New York Penn Station, with the exception of service to Jersey Avenue. Service continues to operate on a special schedule.
  • North Jersey Coast Line: Rail service between Bay Head and Woodbridge remains suspended. An assessment of rail infrastructure has revealed significant damage across the system, including:
    • Morgan Drawbridge in South Amboy sustained damage from boats and a trailer that collided into the bridge.
    • There are wires and trees down, as well as rail washouts (no ballast under the tracks), between South Amboy and Bay Head.
  • Main/Port Jervis Line:  Rail service is operating on a special schedule.  The Main Line operate from Suffern to Hoboken making all local stops.  The Port Jervis Line will operates from Port Jervis to Hoboken making all local stops via Main Line.  Main/Port Jervis Line trains will not stop at Secaucus until further notice. 
  • Raritan Valley Line: Service remains operational between Raritan and Newark Penn Station only, operating on weekend schedule. Service between High Bridge and Raritan remains suspended
  • Atlantic City Line:  Service has been fully restored and is operating on a regular schedule.
  • Bergen Line, Pascack Valley Line, Montclair-Boonton Line and the Morris and Essex Lines: Service remains suspended. An assessment of rail infrastructure has revealed significant damage across the system, including:
    • There is major damage due to downed trees between Summit and Millburn, as well as in Denville and Morristown. There is also overhead wire damage, including signal wires, with support poles down in Lyons and Bernardsville. In addition, rail washouts (no ballast under the tracks) occurred at Kearny Junction, where Midtown Direct service connects to the Northeast Corridor. Rail washouts also occurred at several tracks in Hoboken Terminal and at Netcong Station.
    • Elsewhere on the rail system, local power outages have prevented NJ TRANSIT rail operations from being able to further test crossing gates and operating signals. In addition, hundreds of downed trees have fallen across the rail system, which have caused damage to overhead wires and signal wires. Several rail stations have sustained flood damage, including Hoboken Terminal.

Light Rail Service:

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail

  • Regular weekday service has been restored between Tonnelle Avenue to Hoboken with first train out at 4:30 a.m.
  • West Side Avenue to Tonnelle Avenue service has been restored with limited service operating every 40 minutes. 

Newark Light Rail:

  • Grove Street and Newark Penn Station service has been restored with limited service operating every 15 minutes.
  • Broad Street to Newark Penn Station service remains suspended until further notice.
  • There is no ADA accessibility currently available at Newark Penn Station’s light rail terminal.  Customers with disabilities are asked to use the Washington Street Station.

Bus Service:

  • Bus service is now operating on 95 of NJ TRANSIT bus routes.  For details regarding operating routes, visit njtransit.com.

NJ TRANSIT has extended the validity period for October monthly passes until Friday, Nov. 9.

NJ TRANSIT is encouraging customers to avoid peak hours to cut down on crowding, and to take advantage of free ferry service from the HBLR Liberty State Park park-and-ride station, the release said.

For more NJ TRANSIT information, call (973) 275-5555, or visit njtransit.com.

StanleyBartels November 08, 2012 at 05:49 PM
To the Gov's spokesperson.: If the line is clear on the Mid town Direct (Morris and Essex Line) from Penn Station to Millburn why not have diesel service restored to Millburn. NJ Transit buses can provide jitney service to that station from further west stations? The Kearny ballast washour should be restorable swiftly with a ballast hopper car and a mechanical tamper. stanleybartels@hotmail.com (former rail analyst)
ECassidy November 09, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Why can't the Army Corps of Engineers be brought in to assist in restoring service? This impacts several hundred thousand commuters. Buses cannot handle the overcrowding as displayed by overwhelming delays in and out of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
corky November 09, 2012 at 07:14 PM
you dont know what you're talking about

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