- Title: New Jersey commute smooth, despite reroutes - NJ Transit
- Date: 10th July 2017
- Summary: HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES (JULY 10, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF COMMUTERS AT TURNSTILE VARIOUS OF COMMUTERS WALKING ON PLATFORM VARIOUS OF TRAIN ARRIVING COMMUTERS GETTING ON TRAIN COMMUTERS ON TRAIN / TRAIN LEAVING (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW JERSEY TRANSIT SPOKESMAN, CHARLES INGOGLIA, SAYING: "So I guess the message for today is we're pleased with what we saw. The plans we put into effect seemed to be working. And most importantly our customers seemed to have done their homework and made their choices quickly this morning and got about their business." INGOGLIA GIVING NEWS BRIEFING (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW JERSEY TRANSIT SPOKESMAN, CHARLES INGOGLIA, SAYING: "We're getting live real-time information that tells us how we're doing - what can change what we should keep in effect, and all that is being processed now at our EOC, emergency operations center, which is staffed by our police our executive management, our customer service, our press office, our social media people. They're processing that information, and we are going to use that to inform decisions going forward." COMMUTERS WALKING INSIDE STATION COMMUTERS IN LINE SIGNAGE DIRECTING COMMUTERS / PEOPLE WALKING PEOPLE WALKING PAST TRAIN SCHEDULE PEOPLE'S FEET VARIOUS OF COMMUTERS GETTING OFF TRAINS, WALKING ON PLATFORM VARIOUS OF COMMUTERS IN STATION COMMUTERS / SIGN SHOWING TRANSPORT OPTIONS
- Embargoed: 24th July 2017 14:42
- Keywords: New Jersey transit trains railroad commuters Penn Station
- Location: HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES
- City: HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0016P4XV8L
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A New Jersey Transit official on Monday (July 10) said the commute was going smoothly, despite a shutdown of several lines into the Manhattan commuting hub Pennsylvania Station for two months of major track repairs.
Amtrak, which is undertaking the massive repair program, rents track and station space to NJ Transit and the MTA's LIRR. Each railroad has devised separate contingency plans to work around the repairs, including reduced fares and alternate routes into New York.
All three have canceled some routes into Penn, rerouted others and warned commuters to expect delays on remaining trains until all tracks are up and running again. The terminal serves 600,000 riders a day.
NJ Transit spokesman Charles Ingoglia said "customers seemed to have done their homework and made their choices quickly this morning and got about their business." But, he said officials would add some double-decker trains for increased capacity and improve signage in the stations.
Delays at Penn Station have become routine after a series of derailments, highlighting the urgency of the track repairs. The most recent incident occurred on Thursday (July 6) evening when 180 people had to be rescued from a NJ Transit train that derailed as it emerged on the New York side of a tunnel under the Hudson River.
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