Monday, December 03, 2012

NJT Gladstone Branch resumes service

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New Jersey Transit Monday resumed morning service on its Gladstone Branch, located in north-central New Jersey, five weeks after the line suffered extensive damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy.

NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein was slated to appear at NJT's Bernardsville, N.J., train station from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Monday to greet riders and answer questions concerning ogoing storm recovery and service restoration efforts at NJ Transit, according to a news release.

Service on the Gladstone Branch to and from New York will offer the biggest draw, with both direct train service and service via transfers at Summit Station being made available. Service also resumes linking the branch with Hoboken Terminal, though connections there with PATH trains are still not available as PATH struggles to restore its Hoboken Station, damaged by severe flooding.

The resumption of Gladstone Line service restores rail passenger service to virtually every regional rail line in the New York metropolitan area, though some lines have not yet restored service to pre-Sandy levels. Peak-hour Long Island Rail Road service remains hampered by limited capacity in Amtrak's East River tunnels.