The following is from Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca:
SOMA Train Commuters to NYC Will Not Be Diverted to Hoboken This Summer
I am happy to join Sheena Collum, South Orange Village President, in reporting that New Jersey Transit will not divert Morris & Essex Midtown Direct trains to Hoboken this summer.
This is great news. Sheena and I have continued to pressure NJ Transit to make sure our commuters are treated fairly. We will monitor summer train service and contact NJ Transit if any problems arise as a result of the scheduled track work.
Amtrak will take two tracks at New York Penn Station out of service between June 17th and September 6th to repair rail interlockings at the east end of the station. This will limit access to Sunnyside Yard which is critical to NJT operations. Peak period trains on the Montclair and Coast line will be diverted to Hoboken.
To prevent the possibility of unsafe overcrowding conditions at Newark Broad Street station resulting from customers transferring to/from NYC trains, Morris & Essex Midtown Direct trains traveling to NYC between 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and trains traveling from NYC between 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. will NOT make station stops at Newark Broad Street.
As a result of operating with fewer tracks in NYC, some trains in/out of NYC may be required to utilize shorter platforms and will be required to have fewer cars. To preserve the maximum amount of peak period seats, some trains that currently operate with 10 cars will be reduced to 9 cars.
Some Morris & Essex Line Midtown Direct trains that leave NYC in the morning (reverse peak) will operate from Hoboken instead of Penn Station. And one off-peak train to NYC will terminate at Hoboken instead of PSNY. (Midtown Direct 6656).
There will be no changes to regular weekend service or holiday service schedules.
Go to www.njtransit.com/inform for new schedules and updated information.