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Power restored at New York Penn Station after an outage

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A NJTransit train leaves Newark Penn Station. The Washington Post | Getty Images

Transit officials have restored power to the New Jersey train service, enabling transport to and from Penn Station in New York following problems with Amtrak’s overhead wires that stopped all service on Wednesday morning, Amtrak said.

Amtrak said all the trains that were impacted by the problem were moving again. But NJ Transit said that in both directions trains are facing up to hour long delays.

Service was stopped along the Northeast Corridor, New Jersey Coast Line and Midtown Direct lines in both directions, leaving some trains in tunnels. Trains on the Midtown Direct line have been diverted to New Jersey’s Hoboken Terminal.

New York’s Fire Department said at 10:28 a.m. that three trains trapped in New Jersey tunnels were reported before electricity was restored. The delay caused some temporary panic among the passengers attempting to get to town.

NJ Transit said PATH would honor NJ Transit customers and that they could use PATH’s 33rd St. and World Trade Center rail lines to enter the city.

NJ Transit train disabled by power outage on tracks at Penn Station
NJ Transit train disabled by power outage on tracks at Penn Station

Katie Smith, a student at New York City’s Fordham University, said she was on board a NJ Transit Morris & Essex Line train to join her summer university course.

Smith said she was likely to be late in her summer course due to the event, although her train had been redirected back to Penn Station after the problem had been fixed.

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