Rider alert: NJ Transit and Amtrak are delayed and are operating modified service in and out of Penn Station in New York

NEW YORK (WABC) — New Jersey Transit and Amtrak will be running again, but with some delays, at New York Penn Station on Friday.

It comes after service was suspended for nearly two hours amid the busy morning rush – which came after service was suspended for nearly three hours during an evening flight on Thursday.

Commuters were forced to scramble again Friday morning after an NJ Transit train got stuck in a Penn Station tunnel in New York — and the ripple effect turned into a wave of delays and cancellations for both NJ Transit and Amtrak.

According to NJ Transit, rail service in and out of New York Penn Station has resumed with delays of up to 30 minutes due to problems with Amtrak’s overhead wires.

Amtrak said it was operating on a modified service schedule, with delays of up to 60 minutes on Friday morning.

Prior to Friday morning’s releases, it was already off to a rocky start for Amtrak, which posted several trains canceled “due to earlier service interruptions” and the need to maintain equipment and reassign staff. Announcements of some train cancellations continued throughout the afternoon.

The changes come after a disastrous day of rail service outages and cancellations Thursday afternoon in the Northeast Corridor.

NJ Transit and Amtrak service was suspended just before 3 p.m. Thursday due to power issues. A faulty circuit breaker caused this widespread problem, resulting in a power outage on the tracks between New York Penn Station and Newark Penn Station.

An unrelated wildfire in the area has complicated repairs, according to NJ Transit.

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This was the latest in a series of accidents that negatively affected railway passengers. On Tuesday, NJ Transit and Amtrak riders faced delays and cancellations due to overhead cable problems in the morning and later a train stalled outside Penn Station.

NJ Transit and CEO Kevin Corbett issued the following statement Friday afternoon, calling the issues “unacceptable.”

“We are as frustrated as our customers, and clearly the recurrence of these issues and their impact on our customers’ quality of life is unacceptable. Specifically regarding today’s incident, we have placed rail maintenance supervisors at Newark Penn Station to inspect the trains in light of the events,” Corbett said. “The train in question was thoroughly inspected before leaving Newark, including the pantograph, and no defects were found.”

Corbett went on to say that they are working with Amtrak to determine the root causes of the recent spate of accidents.

“For example, Amtrak reported that yesterday’s accident was caused by a circuit breaker affecting power between Philadelphia and New Haven,” Corbett said. “What we can say is that we operate approximately 700 trains every weekday along hundreds of miles of track on 11 railroads with the same equipment, and these accidents primarily occur on this one stretch of track on the NEC between Newark and New York. We continue Offering our assistance to Amtrak to solve the problem.”

But there may be good news coming out of a tough transit week in the Garden State, as New Jersey has a tentative agreement with the state’s most profitable businesses to temporarily pay higher taxes to fund NJ Transit.

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Under the plan, the state’s 600 companies that make at least $10 million in profits annually would pay a 2.5% tax on all profits for five years.

In return, the state will not seek to return the sales tax to 7% from 6.625%, a major point of contention among businesses, which strongly oppose an increase in the corporate tax rate.

The transit tax and final state budget still need to be approved by the Legislature next week. The budget ends June 30.

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