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Ridgewood NJ, Beginning June 17, 2019, NJ TRANSIT will be temporarily diverting select Midtown Direct rail service on the Montclair-Boonton Line and one North Jersey Coast Line train to Hoboken, in order to accommodate vital Amtrak repair work that will take two tracks at Penn Station New York (PSNY) out of service. Other temporary service adjustments will include Morris & Essex Line Midtown Direct trains no longer stopping at Newark Broad Street station during the morning and evening peak periods, and a limited number of Midtown Direct reverse-peak trains will operate from Hoboken. Please see below for impacts to specific trains and suggested alternates.

The work will require two tracks at PSNY to be taken out of service resulting in fewer tracks for Amtrak, NJ TRANSIT and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).  Amtrak will be repairing and renewing two railroad interlockings at the east end of PSNY which direct all three railroads in and out of the East River tunnels connecting to Sunnyside Yard in Queens.  Access to Sunnyside Yard is critical to NJ TRANSIT operations at PSNY as it enables the maximum number of trains and number of cars per train to utilize the station platforms.

NJ TRANSIT must implement service changes weekdays only between Monday, June 17th and Friday, September 6th.  NJ TRANSIT strongly advises customers to stay up to date during these service adjustments by visiting Customers may also download or update the latest version of the NJ TRANSIT mobile app and activate custom push notifications; sign up for My Transit alerts; monitor NJ TRANSIT’s main Twitter handle (@NJTRANSIT), as well as individual rail line Twitter accounts (below); and check the website at

“We weighed every option in order to impact the least number of customers while maintaining as many peak period seats as possible,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett.  “These service adjustments are never easy, but the necessary renewal work that is being performed by Amtrak is vital to the reliability of the system, especially in and out PSNY, which is of immense importance for NJ TRANSIT and the region.”

NJ TRANSIT Service Plan June 17th – September 6th    

The following service plan will be in place weekdays from June 17th through September 6th.   

Montclair-Boonton Line (MOBO)

North Jersey Coast Line (NJCL)

Morris & Essex Line (M&E)

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