Archive for October, 2013

What Agreements are Made between New Jersey Transit and Amtrak?

October 29, 2013

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I am writing this in the form of a question and comment not as a complaint.  A minor situation today prompted me to ask about the relationship between two mass transit agencies.  I left work at about 12 noon today to meet a colleague in Manhattan to discuss a research project.  I arrived in time to catch the 12:27 NJ Transit train to NYC from Newark.  After the train stayed in the station for several minutes the conductor announced the train was being held in the station so Amtrak passengers from a disabled train could transfer to this NJ Transit train.

Since I had plenty of time, I was not annoyed at the 15 minute delay to allow Amtrak passengers board.  I question that if the situation was reversed and an NJ Transit train was badly delayed or disabled, would Amtrak allow NJ Transit passengers to board?  As reported before in this blog I do feel that NJ Transit passengers are treated like second class citizens of the rails.  It is very annoying when NJ Trains are consistently held back to allow Amtrak trains to proceed.  Hey guys, what’s the story?

More Problems on the #7 Line

October 28, 2013

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For several weeks every year renovations are done on weekends on the #7 line.  Thus until 5 AM on Monday the train does not run from Queensboro Plaza to Times Square.  For the second time in a month it seems that they don’t complete the work on time.  When I got to Main Street this morning the #7 was running only local due to “signal problems”.  I did the smart thing and got off at 74th Street and took the E train to Penn Station.

Assuming Joe Lhota does not become mayor, perhaps he should return to the MTA.  Since he did such a good job at returning subway services as soon as possible after Superstorm Sandy, maybe he can solve all of the signal problems once and for all.

Suicides on Railroad Tracks are Up This Year

October 21, 2013

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Before I left the office this afternoon I received an email from New Jersey Transit saying that a tresspasser on the tracks nearMetropark was killed.  When I got to Newark Penn Station the board stated that the train that I normally take was 30 minutes late.  At that point I decided to take the PATH to Manhattan.  Even though the PATH makes several stops, I felt it would be the lesser of two evils since I didn’t know how long the NJ Transit train would be delayed.  They were not cross honoring tickets, but I would rather lose $2.50 than face the aggravation of a long delay.

I just found this article on the New Jersey 101.5 web site stating that 23 people this year were found on the tracks shared by New Jersey Transit and Amtrak.  Most of them were suicides. Anecdotally, I have heard of suicides on the NYC subway and the LIRR.  I guess it is the easy way to die.  Likely, the person is killed instantly.  So sad.