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Amtrak: Work is ahead of schedule at Penn Station

16 July 2017

An NJ Transit train was delayed due to power problems.

For several hundred thousand commuters on the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit - as well as Amtrak passengers who ride between Boston and Washington, D.C. - that means fewer trains during peak periods, the result of track closures to accommodate the repairs.

The trouble began when a train from Miami carrying 165 people stalled as it entered Penn Station about 11:50 a.m. Then, around 1:03 p.m., a third train was sent to rescue both stuck trains. "The train became disabled just west of the station".

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"We always have two on standby", the spokesman said of the rescue trains.

When the first rescue train couldn't reach the stalled train, a second locomotive was sent in and towed everyone to safety after about two hours.

There were 170 people on the Amtrak train, which was travelling from Miami to NY.

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Amtrak announced service was restored between NY and New Jersey after a delay of about 20 minutes.

Around 5 p.m. Saturday, a NJ Transit train with about 600 passengers became disabled near the tunnel causing another brief delay in and out of Penn Station.

Amtrak's chief operations officer called the first week of summer-long track work and corresponding schedule cutbacks for commuters at Penn Station a success. As 1010 WINS' Al Jones reported, while some LIRR contingency plans have been underused, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota says it's too early to pull the plug.

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Saturday's malfunction has nothing to do with the rehab project, officials said.

Amtrak: Work is ahead of schedule at Penn Station