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NJ Transit Train Derails at Penn Station

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Train halted on Track 11 at Penn Station following derailment. (Screengrab of Twitter post/Josh Caplan‏)

By    |   Friday, 07 Jul 2017 11:50 AM

An NJ Transit train derailed at Penn Station on Thursday night, disrupting service for hours, though no injuries were reported.

The train was transporting over 180 passengers when the incident occurred on the North Jersey Coast Line, noted USA today.

Emergency officials and members of the New York Fire Department were called to the scene at around 8:55 p.m. and, although no immediate injuries had been reported, all services travelling in and out of Penn Station were suspended for several hours.

NJ Transit announced the incident on social media, describing it as a minor derailment, which immediately received backlash from members of the public who were frustrated by the delays.

The incident occurred days before NJ Transit’s proposed schedule change, which is set to take effect July 10.

In a statement, NJ Transit said: "NJ Transit rail customers have been forced to deal with delays, derailments and unreliable service because Amtrak, which owns the tracks our service relies upon, has neglected the maintenance of its critical infrastructure for years. For three-quarters of NJ Transit rail customers travel patterns will not be modified, including the Trenton to New York Northeast Corridor Line. However, delays on all rail lines, except for the Atlantic City Rail line, are inevitable."

NJ Transit went on to say that the overdue Amtrak track repair work would lead to significant disruptions for customers who travel on the Morris and Essex Midtown Direct service to and from Penn Station New York.

As a result, these customers were to be offered "a 50 percent discount off the regular Hoboken ticket cost, in addition to cross-honoring with ferry and PATH service at Hoboken Terminal."

Adding to the public’s concerns about travel congestion is the question of safety.

Earlier this year, at least five people were injured when another train derailed at Penn Station, noted USA Today.

The April incident was the second to take place in the space of two weeks.

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