• Amtrak - New Jersey Transit (NJT) Relationship: Capital and Maintenance Spending, Delays, "Stuff"

  • This forum will be for issues that don't belong specifically to one NYC area transit agency, but several. For instance, intra-MTA proposals or MTA-wide issues, which may involve both Metro-North Railroad (MNRR) and the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Other intra-agency examples: through running such as the now discontinued MNRR-NJT Meadowlands special. Topics which only concern one operating agency should remain in their respective forums.
This forum will be for issues that don't belong specifically to one NYC area transit agency, but several. For instance, intra-MTA proposals or MTA-wide issues, which may involve both Metro-North Railroad (MNRR) and the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Other intra-agency examples: through running such as the now discontinued MNRR-NJT Meadowlands special. Topics which only concern one operating agency should remain in their respective forums.

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  by Jeff Smith
 
This is a pretty lengthy article, so I'll only quote a short snippet. Feel free to quote other relevant portions.

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/ ... 072161007/
Another summer of hell for riders? NJ Transit, Amtrak repair aging system

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Preventing an Amtrak versus NJ Transit war
Amtrak and NJ Transit officials met earlier this month to discuss short- and long-term plans to prevent another May 22 problem from happening, but both agencies said a “Summer of Hell”-style work plan doesn’t make sense right now.

Kevin Corbett, president and CEO of NJ Transit, said they’re trying to take a “surgical approach versus a generic approach,” but admitted the agency is open to that as a last resort.

“I don’t think we’re looking at a wholesale thing at this point,” Corbett said. “But we need to look at weekends, canceling some trains, early trains or late trains" to give Amtrak a wider window "if they show the benefit of doing that and how much they can accelerate.”

Gery Williams, Amtrak’s executive vice president of service delivery and operations, said, “We’ve got a strong partnership, the teams have worked together after these incidents" since May 22 figuring out what has to be done "to prevent any further reoccurrences.”
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  by robelybasis
 
Biggest issue seems to be the catenary. They should really get to rebuilding that stuff soon, new substations, towers, modern 25kv 60HZ equipment. A lot of converters and transformers are past their useful lives and while they replace it, they should really just upgrade it too. Not that much more money.
  by pumpers
 
How many this week so far? at least 3? I think one was blamed on a brush fire in the meadowlands, but’s still 4 or 5 in a few weeks. I admit my counting isn’t precise but it’s not to far off
  by Jeff Smith
 
https://media.amtrak.com/2024/06/amtrak ... customers/
Amtrak President Roger Harris to NEC Customers


Dear Valued NEC Customer,

Amtrak is committed to providing a quality experience with on-time service that exceeds customer expectations. Unfortunately, a unique combination of events recently caused major delays in the New York area, affecting travel along a significant section of the Northeast Corridor.

On behalf of the entire Amtrak team – I apologize to everyone who was inconvenienced.

While we are still investigating the root cause of each delay, we do know that, yesterday, a circuit breaker powering our trains experienced a catastrophic failure on one of the hottest days of the year and a serious brush fire also came close to our tracks.

Additionally, we are working with our partners at NJ TRANSIT to understand and address recent disruptions associated with NJT trains operating on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor infrastructure, which appears unique to the equipment and area. We have established a joint team with NJT to identify the source of this damage and implement improvements.

Regardless of the causes that led to these delays, you deserve better service and we are committed to providing it. We are reviewing each incident with the goal of improving your future travel, while continuing to advance unprecedented investments that are modernizing and strengthening the NEC.

Our Customer Care Team is working with Amtrak customers who were affected by delays. If you need immediate assistance, please reach out to a member of our Customer Care Team via text at 268725 (AMTRAK), chat via Amtrak.com, by sending us an email, or giving us a call at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or TTY 1-800-523-6590.

Thank you for your continued loyalty and for placing your trust in us as we work to provide the high-quality service that you expect.
  by lensovet
 
Jeff Smith wrote: Thu Jun 20, 2024 8:07 am Preventing an Amtrak versus NJ Transit war
If I was Amtrak, I'd be pissed. NJT basically blames Amtrak anytime anything happens on the corridor, including the incident a week ago when an NJT train was disabled at NYP and blocked traffic for hours.

I wish them the best. The NYC metro has some of the highest transit mode share in the country, and it would be a shame for that to be reduced due to interagency bickering.