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NJ Transit riders face delays, cancellations for second day in a row

Spokesperson: Mechanical issues, shortage on engineers attributed to service disruptions


NEWARK — Six regularly scheduled NJ Transit trains were not running Tuesday morning, adding to commuter frustrations after 20 trains did not run on Monday.

A spokesperson for NJ Transit said of those 20, a quarter were due to mechanical issues and the rest were due to a lack of available engineers. As far as Tuesday morning, the six trains weren't running because there weren't enough engineers available.

Many of the Monday and Tuesday delays were on the Morris and Essex lines into New York Penn and Hoboken during the morning rush.

NJ Transit added that a number of available train crews are working on testing and installing Positive Train Control equipment, the equipment designed to automatically stop a speeding train before it enters a terminal to prevent accidents.

The lack of available engineers however is alarming to some commuters. A spokesperson for NJ Transit would not elaborate on how this came to be and only said they were unplanned absences. NJ Transit said it is taking steps to recruit and train additional engineers and added that a graduating class next week will add nine engineers to the roster.

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