- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 23, 2009


An electrical problem Wednesday halted Amtrak service into New York City for three hours and disrupted service for holiday travelers and other commuters along the East Coast.

Amtrak officials said the low-voltage problem occurred at about 8:45 a.m. EST near North Bergen, N.J., where trains go under the Hudson River to reach Manhattan and was fixed at 11:35 a.m.

However, Amtrak warned passengers to expect delays later in the day as normal service resumes.

The problem impacted service for thousands of riders on several Amtrak lines along its Northeast Corridor — including the Acela Express and Northeast Regional, from Boston to New York to Washington.

As crews worked in the late morning to fix the problem, Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell said the disruption had not caused delays at Washington’s Union Station. But one train out of the station was reportedly canceled with passengers being told by Amtrak employees the problems were caused by cold weather.

The company said no passengers were stuck in the tunnels going into and out of New York’s Penn Station and the trains had enough power to provide them with heat and light.

Amtrak said crews still are trying to determine what caused the problem.

The problem also disrupted service on Amtrak’s Empire Service to Albany and Niagara Falls as well as service on the New Jersey Transit and Long Island Rail Road lines.

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