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Stuck Amtrak Portal Bridge Causes Large NJ Transit Rot



NEW YORK (WABC) –

Train service in and out of Penn Station New York is subjected to 90 minutes delays after an Amtrak Portal Bridge would not lock in place.

The trains move again, but it's going to be a long trip home.

System-wide cross-honoring is in force with NJ Transit bus and private-powered buses. PATH accepts NJ Transit rail tickets and passes on Newark, Hoboken and 33rd St.

Officials tell Eyewitness News that the bridge could not be locked in place and this is the second time the problem occurred today.

The Port Bridge opened at 9:50 am for marine traffic and could not be locked in place after opening, causing some delays on three Amtrak trains and several commuter trains.

Crews eventually got the bridge locked in place, resumed train operations around 1

9:19

The bridge was opened again at 03:24 for marine traffic, and again it was unable to lock in place. Crews finally got it shut shortly after 4:30 pm, causing delays to eight Amtrak trains and more NJ Transit commuter train.

Some trains could be seated idle on the tracks near the bridge, and some commuters took to Twitter to complain that they had stuck there for more than an hour.

Others who stuck at Penn Station in Manhattan sent pictures of crowded relationships.

This problem comes one day after a packed train broke down and stranded passengers for more than two hours.

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