Amtrak Portal Bridge

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NJ Transit: Service Resumes With Delays After Tug Boat Hits Portal Bridge

November 13, 2018 - 2:30 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A tug boat caused a lot of trouble for New Jersey Transit riders Tuesday afternoon.

A tug boat hit the century-old Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River, suspending all service into and out of Penn Station around 2 p.m.

Trains were up and running again about 40 minutes later, but with delays.

NJ Transit and private carrier buses did begin to cross-honor rail tickets and passes system-wide. PATH also cross-honored NJ Transit rail tickets at Hoboken, Newark Penn Station and 33rd Street until 3 p.m.

Midtown Direct Line trains, which had been diverted to Hoboken, also resumed service into Penn Station.

The issue came just hours after a disabled train and Amtrak signal problems caused delays of up to an hour during the morning rush.

Amtrak signal problems also disrupted NJ Transit train service during the Monday evening commute.

The Portal Bridge has seen its share of problems recently. Exactly two weeks ago, the bridge swung open to allow marine traffic to pass, but then it couldn’t close, stranding commuters for more than an hour during the height of the evening rush hour. That debacle came just a day after riders were trapped on a broken-down train for nearly two hours.

Recently, NJ Transit commuters have been met with lengthy delays and cancellations as the agency works to meet a Dec. 31, 2018 deadline to install positive train control. The agency also has announced it has a shortage of train engineers and made changes to allow non-New Jersey residents to apply for positions.