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Nightmare week continues for NYC commuters, LIRR, NJ Transit impacted

November 02, 2018 - 9:31 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It's been a week of hell for New York City commuters, and Friday showed no end in sight.

There are major LIRR and NJ Transit delays in and out of New York Penn Station due to disabled Amtrak track equipment in the North Tube of the Hudson River Tunnel.

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NJT tickets/passes will be cross-honored by PATH, NJT Bus and private carrier buses.

The LIRR is also experiencing delays and disrupted service because of the disabled Amtrak track equipment.

Martha was one of the commuters who ran into problems this morning.

"It was a  express train, but once we got to Newark it started to slow down and move very slowly, so we got there 20 minutes late," she said.

She was lucky. Other commuters were stuck for hours.

"This is the second time I get stuck for hours, it's just unreal," one frustrated man said.

It wasn't NJ Transit's fault this time around -- an Amtrak train got stuck in a tunnel.

Earlier this week, NJ Transit riders became stranded twice. On Monday night, a train broke down on a bridge east of Newark.

The Montclair-bound train left Penn Station around 6:10 p.m. and became disabled 15 minutes later as it was approaching Newark’s Broad Street station. 

About 1,500 passengers were packed like sardines in the train, with some carriages in complete darkness.

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Several riders became sick from the lack of ventilation and fights even broke out, according to passengers who took to social media to air their grievances.  

“It is crowded, uncomfortably hot, and we don’t know when we’ll get home,” one rider tweeted. “October on #njtransit has been hell.”

A rescue train eventually shuttled the frustrated passengers away around 8 p.m. One rider described the ordeal as a "horror train." 

Refunds? NJ Transit said nope.

On Tuesday, commuters faced a hellish ride home when a swing bridge got stuck and stranded them for more than an hour.

The notorious, 110-year-old Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River swung open to let a ship pass under but would not snap back into place during the Tuesday night rush.

The ensuing nightmare backed up rush-hour trains for 90 minutes, stranding trains and passengers in and out of Penn Station.

“I don’t know exactly what’s going on. I just know I can’t get home to my babies,” one woman told 1010 WINS' John Montone.

“Dinner’s probably cold by now, by the time I get home,” another man said.

One commuter lost her cool and went on a tirade against a conductor. In audio of the encounter, the woman can be heard raising her voice, saying, in part: “You think this is acceptable to treat human beings this way?”

Amtrak owns the bridge, but that didn’t make one rider feel any better.

“NJ Transit blames Amtrak, Amtrak blames NJ Transit. And it’s just been too much. It’s been too often,” he said.

Gov. Phil Murphy offered no excuses, saying: “The notion of getting people off the damn train into a safer place, certainly a place that’s moving, that’s safe, is a huge objective of hours.”