Archive for December, 2017

Good-bye New Jersey Transit

December 22, 2017

NJ Transit Making American Late Again

Today, I retired from my job in Newark after 25 years.  My miserable commute from Flushing, Queens to Newark is now over.  I started this blog in 2013 to document my commuting horrors on both sides of the Hudson River.  But there were many other bad commutes from 1992-2012.  You can read about those from 2005-2012 on my personal blog.

The delays are caused by Amtrak, signal problems, overhead wires, mechanical problems in the cars among other reasons.  We can’t blame just one person for all these problems.  I just hope that money is allocated maintain the commuter railroads.  Delays are inevitable, but I feel that those on NJ Transit were excessive.  The building of a new tunnel under the Hudson River should help.

Since I will no longer commute, I am discontinuing this blog.  It only received a couple of hits a week anyway.  If you are interested in reading about what I do, please  check out http://www.bruceslutsky.com 

It Ain’t Over Until It’s Over – Major Train Delays on My Last Week of Working

December 19, 2017

NJ Transit Making American Late Again

This morning there was an announcement that there was a rail problem at Grand Central Station on the #7 train.  Thus, all 7 trains were running local, so I got off at 74th Street and took the E train to Penn Station.  This was a minor delay.

Throughout the afternoon I received emails stating that there were overhead wire problems near Secaucus which caused delays up to 90 minutes since there was single tracking at that point.  When I left work at 4 PM that announcement was still on the NJ Transit website.  When I arrived at Newark Penn Station the 4:23 which I normally take was 20 minutes late.  I felt that this delay coupled with the problem at Secaucus would be a disaster for me.  I decided to take the PATH Train.

When the PATH train arrived at Christopher Street, an announcement was made stating that service to 33rd Street was suspended since there was police activity at the next stop.  Since I was on the New York side I was able to walk to 6th Avenue and 8th Street and took the F train to Roosevelt Avenue and 74th Street where I picked up the 7 train.  It pisses you off when you encounter a delay on your alternative route.

3 more days to go!  I can always encounter train delays when I am on my way to recreational activities.