Plastic Wrap Causes Travel Nightmares

The day before Thanksgiving is always one of the heaviest travel days of the year. In a region like the tri-state area, this is just more added chaos to what is already the norm. Riders who especially deal with Penn Station know all about the chaos as it is a regular occurrence for them due to the inadequacies of Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road & NJ Transit.

Sadly riders of Amtrak & NJ Transit had to deal with an extra dose of chaos on their commutes Thanksgiving Eve that saw service delayed for as much as one hour due to plastic wrap being caught in the catenary power wires. Noah Cohen of has more:

Plastic wrap caught in overhead wires caused major delays on Amtrak and NJ Transit lines Wednesday, slowing riders on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

“There was a plastic wrap in the catenary power wires and we were holding trains until it was removed,” Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said in an email shortly after 6 p.m. “Trains are now on the move, but residual delays are expected.”

Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line service was initially suspended because of the Amtrak wire problem near North Elizabeth, but later resumed with hour-long delays, according to NJ Transit.

Hour-long delays were also reported on NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley Line.

Amtrak reported delays on some of its trains near Metropark and Newark airport stops.

Photos on social media showed a packed waiting area at the already busy New York Penn Station.

Click here for the complete report.

I feel for these riders as dealing with service in & out of Penn Station is frustrating enough when things are decent much less on one of the busiest travel days of the year!

xoxo Transit Blogger

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