Northeast Corridor service is suspended — again

After an hour where trains were running, service along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor has been suspended again, this time between Philadelphia and New Rochelle, New York.

During the first outage, Amtrak trains between New York Penn Station and Philadelphia were held. That outage began at 10:30 a.m. EDT, and power was restored around 10:45 a.m., but trains traveling east from Philadelphia were held until 11 a.m., said Jason Abrams, spokesman for Amtrak. 

Amtrak is the landlord of Penn Station New York, the busiest rail station in the country.

Around 12:15 p.m., Amtrak tweeted that service was suspended again, this time between New Rochelle and Philadelphia.

When Amtrak service resumed, NJ Transit also briefly resumed service along the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines as well as the Midtown Direct service, said Lisa Torbic, spokeswoman for NJ Transit. It was suspended a second time at about 11:30 a.m., she said. 

Around 11:30 a.m., Amtrak tweeted that service between MetroPark and New Brunswick in Middlesex County was suspended at the request of the fire department. Abrahms said the suspension was because of a separate transformer issue.

Torbic said the only trains on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines that were moving were ones that were already moving.

During the first outage, three trains in the Hudson River tunnels at Penn Station New York were disabled and a rescue engine was used to move them out of the south tube by 11:15 a.m., said Abrams.

Amtrak is investigating what caused the power outages.

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