Hopefully Planning by Amtrak, NJ Transit and the LIRR will Minimize Inconvenience This Summer

June 20, 2017

NJ Transit Making American Late Again

I guess since I haven’t written anything in this blog for a while, it means that there haven’t been any major delays lately.  True, but this may mean quiet before the storm.  Amtrak announced that between July 10 and September 1 there will be three tracks closed at New York Penn Station to allow for maintenance that should have been done years ago.  Hopefully, this will not mean big delays for commuters.  Over the summer ridership is somewhat lower since at a given point in time many people are on vacation.

NJ Transit has released its schedule for this period.  Fortunately, none of the trains that I usually take have been canceled.  All Midtown Direct trains will terminate in Hoboken compelling passengers to NYC to take the PATH from there.  Many LIRR trains will terminate at Hunter Point Avenue forcing commuters to NYC to change for the #7 train.  This will affect me since it may create overcrowding.  The #7 train is jammed packed as it is.

Let’s hope that the plans made by Amtrak, the LIRR and NJ Transit will minimize the inconvenience caused by the track repairs.


One Reason to Hate the Select Bus Service

May 11, 2017

If you watch this video, you’ll see that this man is outraged since he lost money in the machine as he was trying to buy a ticket to get on the Q44-SBS.  I hate it when you run for a bus, buy your ticket, and then the bus pulls away.  Also, you buy a ticket for the Q44-SBS and then a Q20 pulls in first and the driver won’t accept your ticket.

Luckily, I avoided a Big Delay in Penn Station This Evening

May 10, 2017

Penn Station crowded

My commute from Newark to New York Penn Station was pretty much normal today, but as I was riding on the #7 train an announcement popped up on my cell phone saying there was a big delay in Penn Station.  New York Daily News report.

Anyway, the only three things in this world are certain:

  1. Death
  2. Taxes
  3. Train Delays

There will be train delays, the only thing in question is where and when they will occur.  Today, I was lucky and missed it.

Christie and Trump (The Dynamic Duo) – Making Us Late Again

April 25, 2017

Since Amtrak is a Federal agency, Trump is in charge. Christie heads New Jersey Transit. Together, they are making us late again.

Since I was Off For Good Friday I Avoided Chaos at Penn Station

April 15, 2017


Thank goodness I was off from work yesterday as I missed the chaos in New York Penn Station caused by an NJ Transit train stuck for 3 hours in the tunnel followed by a stampede caused by a false report of an active shooter.  It turned out that the Amtrak police used a stun gun to subdue a disruptive customer.  I don’t know the circumstances behind this, but I can certainly understand passengers’ frustrations.  I likely would have missed it since the train was disabled about 3 PM.  I would have taken PATH to get to NYC from Newark.

What’s next?  Thank goodness, I will be retiring at the end of 2017 and will never again ride NJ Transit.

Report in the Asbury Park Press

Report from CNN

Delay on the Newark Light Rail This Morning

April 12, 2017

Newark Light Rail

Today there was a significant delay on the Newark Light Rail.  Over the years this train has been very reliable, so this delay was unusual.  It turns out that there were overhead wire problems on the line.  So instead of having two tracks available, there was only one.  When I got to the stop at Penn Station, there was a large crowd of people waiting.  Since only one track was available, the light rail had to run as a shuttle from one end to the other.  Thus cars ran only once every 20 minutes.  When a car came, it was jam packed and finally made it to the Warren Street Station. I was only 20 minutes late.  I could have walked up the hill from Penn Station to NJIT, but things worked out.

I’ll give NJ Transit credit this time as there were several customer service representatives providing information.

Two Penn Station Derailments in Two Weeks

April 3, 2017


Here we go again!  At about 9 AM an NJ Transit train derailed in New York Penn Station causing 5 minor injuries, but create havoc for thousands of commuters including me.  Fortunately for me, I was already at work when the accident occurred.  By the afternoon rush, there was only limited service in and out of Penn Station, so I took the PATH home.  I will have to do the same tomorrow morning as full service will not yet be restored.

Complete story in USA Today

Aggravation on the 3 Train This Morning

March 27, 2017

3 train

On my long journey to work, have a very short trip on the 1, 2, or 3 train one stop from Times Square to 34th Street on 7th Avenue.  Almost all of the time it takes no more than 2 minutes to make this connection to NJ Transit.  Today it was stuck for 20 minutes between the stations.  What was the problem?  SIGNAL PROBLEMS.

I think there should be a Nobel Prize for Engineering awarded to anyone who can permanently solve the signal problems on subways and commuter railroads.

The #7 Train Also Sucks on Weekends

March 25, 2017


It is bad enough when we encounter train delays during the week, but they actually suck more when they happen on weekends when we are on the way to leisure activities that start at a specific time.  This weekend the #7 train ended at Queensboro Plaza so riders had to change for the N or W train there to continue to Manhattan.  We planned to go to a Broadway show that started at 2 PM.  I even told Karen that we should leave a little early since you never know when there will be a train delay.

Everything was fine until the train stopped just before the 33rd Street station.  It just sat there for 20 minutes.  When it got to 33rd Street, it sat for another 5 minutes.  Since we had to be at the show by 2 PM, anxiety started to set in.  It finally reached Queensboro Plaza where we changed for the W Train.  We arrived at the theater about 10 minutes before show time.

Murphy’s Law – You will always encounter a train delay when you have to be at your destination on time.

Amtrak Derailment in New York Penn Station

March 24, 2017

amtrak derailment penn station
At 9 AM this morning while I was already at work an Amtrak Acela train derailed and collided with a New Jersey Transit Train in New York Penn Station.  Fortunately, only two people suffered minor injuries.  Of course, havoc on Amtrak, NJ Transit, and the Long Island Railroad followed.  Partial service on NJ Transit resumed at 4 PM.

When an incident like this happens PATH and private bus lines cross-honor NJ Transit tickets.  I left my office a few minutes early and luckily made good time on the PATH Train.  I assume that the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

Report from NY1 News