Power issues cause Amtrak, NJ Transit delays in, out of Penn Station

Posted at 10:47 AM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 17:40:14-04

NEW YORK — An apparent power outage caused several trains to be delayed, canceled, or stuck en route in and out of New York Penn Station Wednesday morning, with some trains in need of rescue, according to Amtrak.

Amtrak and NJ Transit trains are affected by the overhead power problems. Credit: Twitter/ @majorsazer

An overhead power issue between Trenton and Philadelphia was to blame, according to Amtrak, with all trains traveling between New York Penn Station and North Philadelphia halted at around 10:30 a.m.

Amtrak officials said power had been restored by around 10:45 a.m., though trains traveling east of Philadelphia were still holding afterward. There are three disabled trains in the South Tube that are being "rescued."

After diverting some scheduled trains, NJ Transit tweeted "Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, and Midtown Direct rail service has resumed in both directions following earlier Amtrak overhead wire problems with up to 60-minute delays. Midtown Direct service has resumed in and out of Penn Station New York."

Transit disruptions for Amtrak and NJ Transit passengers included train stoppages and diversions.

NJ Transit also confirmed in a tweet that PATH will cross-honor NJ Transit tickets and passes at Hoboken, Newark Penn, and 33rd Street, as well as NJ Transit buses and private carriers.

Passengers shared their transit problems on social media, including one man that commented "No power. No air."