Severe Service Disruptions Plague Northeast Corridor Line, Affecting M&E Line Riders
Three severe service disruptions in as many days made commuting difficult for New Jersey rail riders on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 21st, 22nd, and 23d. Although the difficulties originated on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Line, some commuters and other riders on the Morris & Essex, Montclair-Boonton, and Gladstone Lines were affected. These lines use NEC track for some of their route to New York Penn Station.
Lackawanna Coalition Chair David Peter Alan has called for Amtrak and New Jersey Transit to upgrade the electrical system on the railroad, which was built in the 1930s and has been blamed for the disruptions. Alan also said that the railroad should be brought to a state of good repair before pursuing major expansion projects.