Trains in and out of New York returned to their tracks Thursday after the Amtrak Portal Bridge jammed open earlier in the day.
On Thursday evening, New Jersey Transit said the train was on or near schedule.
The delay isn’t as bad as it should be. Some passengers had to be diverted to Hoboken earlier in the day.
12 helicopter was overhead as the first train crossed the Amtrak Portal Bridge after being stuck in the open position for more than an hour. The damage caused all trains in and out of New York’s Penn Station to stop.
Midtown Direct NJ Transit service must be diverted to Hoboken. Train passenger Shayna Solkowitz says this doesn’t happen to her often.
“I came to the train station and heard the announcement on the PA system, and it’s not that I didn’t believe it at first, but I was like, ‘OK, there’s no way all the trains can be cancelled.’ And then I looked at the screen, it was, ‘delayed, delayed, delayed.’ I had five minutes left and it said ‘cancel, cancel, cancel,'” he explained.
Amtrak did not immediately provide a reason why the bridge was jammed.
Amtrak, along with NJ Transit, are leading a nearly $2 billion project to replace Portal Bridges with taller bridges that do not need to be opened and closed.
According to Amtrak, the Portal Bridge was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad and entered service in 1910.