NJ Transit Line Closed After Windstorm

NJ Transit was running a modified schedule on its Morris & Essex Line and service on the Gladstone Branch was suspended until further notice. Photo Courtesy of NJ Transit. 

NJ Transit Line Closed After Windstorm

By Railfan & Railroad Staff

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. — Three days after a windstorm walloped parts of New Jersey, NJ Transit is still trying to restore regular service on two lines, the Morris & Essex and the Gladstone Branch. 

On Monday evening, winds knocked trees down onto NJT’s right-of-way, heavily damaging the catenary wire in numerous locations. Photos shared by the agency showed catenary poles were also heavily damaged in the storm. NJT has been able to restore some service on the Morris & Essex line but was expecting to run with a modified schedule through the weekend. The revised schedule had trains departing stations upwards of 12 minutes early but arriving at final destinations (Newark and Secaucus) on time to make connections with other trains. Service on the Gladstone Branch was “suspended until further notice.” 

“NJT crews continue working around the clock to make the necessary repairs to overhead wires near Maplewood,” the agency stated in a press release. 

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This article was posted on: March 11, 2022