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NYC rail commuters survive 1st day of repairs


The official New Jersey Transit described this episode as minor derailment in association with the Amtrak officials operating the station and tracks referred this as a "slow speed derailment".

CBS2's Ali Bauman boarded a train in Summit at 7:26 a.m. and arrived in Hoboken about an hour later without any major problems. A massive two-month fix project will launch Monday at the country's busiest train station.

At the Maplewood train station in New Jersey, the state's former Governor Richard Codey, 70, a senator, offered donuts and coffee to commuters to ease anxieties.

He said that he was pleasantly surprised, but that the changes that diverted all of the trains on NJ Transit's Morris and Essex Line were stretching Hoboken's capacity to the limit.

Lex Marshall of Morristown says there's a lot of confusion and too many people gathered in one space.

The rush hour commute into NY got off to a quiet start Monday as workers began two months of repairs at the country's busiest train station, a project that Gov. Andrew Cuomo predicts will make for a "summer of hell".

Monday's morning rush saw no crowds early on outside the Hoboken train and ferry stations, where New Jersey Transit is diverting some rush hour trains so passengers can switch to PATH trains or ferries.


Track and signal work at Penn in July and August will curtail operations for Amtrak and its tenants, the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit commuter lines.

PATH is cross honoring NJ TRANSIT ticket holders and will have trains running every five minutes during the morning and evening commute.

Amtrak is beginning extensive repairs Monday to tracks and signals in Penn Station, which it owns and operates.

Now the situation is a bit strict, where the New Jersey Transit Rail Service has suspended it's all in and out trains from Penn Station, which disrupted the area's population who has to take a different route to reach their destinations.

Some commuters are preparing for a "summer of hell", given separate recurring problems with New York's heavily used subway system.

"We are just coming into the punch of the rush hour".

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