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NJ transit train briefly disabled at Penn causes more problems, delays

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — A New Jersey Transit train became disabled Saturday evening, causing brief delays in and out of New York Penn Station — the second train to do so in one day.

It happened just before 5 p.m. between the platform and the tunnel.

Officials say approximately 600 passengers were on the train. A rescue train was deployed and the scene was cleared within a half hour.

Earlier on Saturday, an Amtrak train became disabled, causing Amtrak and New Jersey Transit service delays on the Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak announced service was restored between New York and New Jersey after a delay of about 20 minutes.

Crews are replacing aging equipment such as signals and several thousand feet of track over a two-month period.

The work was initially scheduled to be done over a few years on nights and weekends, but two recent derailments and other problems that spotlighted the station’s aging infrastructure convinced Amtrak to accelerate the work schedule.

For several hundred thousand commuters on the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit — as well as Amtrak passengers who ride between Boston and Washington, D.C. — that means fewer trains during peak periods, the result of track closures to accommodate the repairs.

The work is scheduled to last through the end of August.

For updates on delays, visit njtransit.com.