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NJ TRANSIT Riders Face Another Morning Of Delays, Cancellations

August 03, 2018 - 9:33 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- NJ TRANSIT riders faced another morning of delays and cancellations as a result of the equipment installation for positive train control.

At least 20 trains were cancelled Friday morning on the Morris and Essex, Montclair Boonton, Main, Pascack Valley, and Northeast Corridor lines.

There was a cancelled train on the Pascack Valley Line Thursday morning a day after trains on the Raritan Valley, Montclair Boonton, Pascack Valley and Morris and Essex lines were scratched from Wednesday morning's rush.

Two months ago, NJ TRANSIT scaled back service due to installation of the emergency braking system. Testing and crews absences have caused further cancellations recently.

NJ TRANSIT says it is addressing the crew shortage, training new engineers but that process could take up to 20 months.

The installation of positive train control could stretch another two years.

Commuters fear cancellations will drag on.

Also, starting Aug. 13 until the end of the month, Raritan Valley Line trains could have delays between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. because of track maintenance work between Cranford and Raritan.

Meanwhile, New York City subways were also reporting problems Friday morning. There was no downtown A and C service south of West 4th Street after a work train had mechanical issues near Fulton Street. There were delays and reroutes on the A, C and E lines. Some of the M lines were terminating at Essex Street. 

PATH trains were also delayed because of signal troubles. All PATH stations between Christopher Street and 33rd Street will be closed each weekend between 11:59 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday, through Oct. 26, except for Labor Day weekend, to complete PATH improvements.