Start date delayed for weekend trains

Submitted by ragnarok on Fri, 02/01/2008 - 14:12
NJ Transit

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Start date delayed for weekend trains
Thursday, January 31, 2008
BY PHILIP READ
Star-Ledger Staff

NJ Transit's plans to begin weekend train service to Manhattan by year's end along the Montclair-Boonton line will be delayed well into 2009, the agency said yesterday.

Amtrak has informed the agency that its tunnel upgrade under the Hudson River has been extended into next year, with "no end date," said NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett-Hackett.

She also said the state Department of Transportation will be replacing the bridge spanning the commuter tracks at Bloomfield Avenue on the Montclair-Glen Ridge border.

"There will be no power to power the overhead wires or power the signal system," she said of the impact. "So while that work is being done on the weekends, we will not be able to run any trains."

"Sometime next year, we'll see how those projects are progressing," she said.

Don Zief, who chairs the town's public transportation committee, said the weekend bridge work on Bloomfield Avenue is expected to start in September and take nine to 12 months.

"The best case for weekend service would be fall 2009," he said.