Rail service between New Jersey-New York back after delay

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MANHATTAN –– Amtrak and New Jersey Transit service on the Northeast Corridor in and out of New York Penn Station has resumed after a brief delay, but officials warned additional delays are possible.

Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert said earlier Saturday that train service in or out of the city was halted as crews investigated overhead power issues. Amtrak announced service was restored between New York and New Jersey after a delay of about 20 minutes.

Tolbert says there's no indication that this summer's track repair work at the nation's busiest rail station played a part in Saturday's delay.

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.

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