Commuters could be in for a long week. It scraped the side of an arriving NJ Transit train on March 24.
John Porcari, a former deputy USA secretary of transportation who is the interim head of the development corporation overseeing Gateway, said Tuesday that a new tunnel wouldn't have stopped the two recent derailments from happening.
"There is still overcrowding, I admit that".
NJ Transit says it has service suspensions and delays.
On Monday morning, a NJ Transit train carrying 1,200 people derailed in Penn Station.
It wasn't immediately clear why the train derailed, but fire officials said one of the wheels was missing on an affected train. Four people suffered minor injuries. Eight tracks were out of commission as a result.
Ultimately, he said the nightmarish 10-hour journey could have been worse - noting, "It was worth it because the Mets won".
At today's board meeting, tolerance was running low. And I just don't see that here.
"I feel blessed that I am okay and hope everyone else is too", he said.
Midtown Direct trains will run to and from Hoboken Terminal where riders can pick up PATH or NJ Transit bus, according to the statement. That means frequency of rides are almost cut in half.
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There will be no westbound service between Jamaica and Penn Station during this time. "It's definitely under investigation", FDNY Chief Roger Sakowich said at the scene.
Crews are still working to fix the damage.