Derailed NJ Transit train disrupts Penn Station service

The derailment comes more than a week after another incident involving an NJ TRANSIT train and an Amtrak train at Penn Station.

"Until we have the switch machine repaired we are likely to have modified service", Naparstek said, adding that crews are working round-the-clock to make repairs, but he could not give a time rame for the return of full service. Three cars in the middle of an inbound NJ Transit train dislodged from a track as it approached a platform.

They were also cross-honoring fares on NJ Transit buses, private buses, New York Waterway ferries and PATH trains at Newark, Hoboken and 33rd Street, officials said.

There's nearly no room for error in the overcrowded Penn Station schedule, so all three rail services using the station are affected.

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As commuters began to flood Penn Station late Monday afternoon, some admitted they left work early in order to get ahead of the delays and possible cancellations. Other riders said their trains were being held in various stations along the Northeast Corridor line. Amtrak said a switching machine was damaged, causing eight tracks at New York Penn Station to be inaccessible.

Typically, the LIRR has use of Tracks 13 through 21, but the MTA says the LIRR will primarily operate out of Tracks 17 through 21 on Tuesday evening. Media reports say there are no injuries.

The Long Island Rail Road, the nation's largest commuter railroad, cautioned passengers to prepare for overcrowding and delays Tuesday morning. It would, he said, lessen the aftershock to commuters because the eight tracks now out of service would have been able to connect to the new tunnel. As a result, Metro-North's Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line who are bound for New York City are advised to remain on their trains until the train reaches Hoboken.

Twenty-six LIRR rush hour trains will be canceled or diverted from 4 p.m.to 8 p.m., and eight other trains will be diverted to originate elsewhere.

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