Thursday, January 5, 2012

Aging railroad bridge linking Newark and New York stuck open for three hours

Train traffic along the Northeast Corrider between New York and Newark ground to a halt last night as a century-old swing bridge that carries NJ Transit and Amtrak trains across the Hackensack River wouldn’t lock closed, said Amtrak officials.
Amtrak repair crews were working on the Portal Bridge shortly after the approximately 9 p.m. failure and were able to fix the problem about 11:40 p.m., officials said.
For nearly three hours, NJ Transit passengers unable to cross the river into New Jersey were told their tickets would be honored by NJ Transit and private buses out of the Port Authority Bus Station and the PATH at the World Trade Center, said Penny Bassett Hackett, an NJ Transit spokeswoman. Continued

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