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'No Estimate' for Morris Train Service Restoration

NJ Transit spokesman said damage along Morris and Essex line was one of the worst seen.

New Jersey Transit spokesman John Durso, Jr. has no estimate for when rail service along the Morris and Essex line will resume.

"The damage wrought on the M&E was amongst the worst suffered by any NJ Transit rail line in the state," Durso said in an email to Patch. "There are no estimates ... [for when] the M&E can safely resume service."

To help residents commute to Manhattan, New Jersey Transit has established three methods of transportation free of charge starting Friday. Inbound service runs from 6 to 10 a.m., and outbound service runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Service includes:

  • Free shuttle service between Morristown Station and Weehawken Ferry Terminal, with free ferry service between Weehawken and Pier 79 at West 39th Street.
  • Free shuttle service between Convent, Madison and Chatham stations and Liberty State Park, with free ferry service between Liberty State Park and Battery Park.
  • Free shuttle service between Maplewood Station and Liberty State Park, with free ferry service between Liberty State Park and Battery Park.

There are also buses available from the Madison and Chatham train stations for $20 roundtrip.

Durso said crews are working to restore service along the Morris and Essex line. Damage along the line includes tree damage between Denville and Morristown stations and Summit and Milburn stations, and overhead wire damage throughout the line, including signal wires and catenary polls down.

"Most critically," Durso said, there was "extensive flooding in the vicinity of Kearny Junction [which] resulted in the washout of rail ballasts under the tracks," which affects service into Hoboken and New York via the Midtown Direct service.

ChathamGuy November 11, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Maybe some partial restoration to the Morris/Essex line this week. No good details, but I'll take it as a positive. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/more_nj_transit_rail_lines_to.html#incart_river_default
m.jones November 11, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Community Bus leaves from Headquarters Plaza/Morristown and goes into Port Authority - 42nd and 8th. The ride took forever, but I got there! http://www.coachusa.com/community/
Alex Sykes November 11, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Thank you for that link, it looks promising for Morris & Essex. Partial restoration is a good start.
Mike November 11, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Leonard, thank you for the heads-up on the Passaic Valley Buses. I need to be in Midtown on Tues. morning. I usually take NJT from Convent Station. Can you please tell us where exactly we can catch the Passaic Valley Buses, and the parking situation?
clyde donovan November 11, 2012 at 03:54 AM
NJ Transit has been laying off workers because the areas of service will be down for a long time. If James Weinstein of NJ Transit won't confirm this, then ask the union leaders.


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