Winter Storm Disrupts Mass Transit Service

By Erin Delmore

As a winter storm whipped through the Northeast, many commuters heeded advice to stay home, while a small number relied on rail service.

“I was on a train from Princeton to New York Penn,” said Princeton resident Kanisha Feliciano. “It was delayed by 25 minutes but I got to sleep longer, so it was fine.”

New Jersey Transit suspended bus service and modified rail schedules, running almost every train line on a weekend schedule. No train service west of Raritan, Dover or Bay Street. The Light Rail is also on a weekend schedule, and PATCO trains are on a modified schedule.

“There haven’t been any announcements or delays. I walked up to somebody to ask because for my train, you have to make a connection in Newark and there aren’t any postings so I’m confused if it is running because none of the displays have it on there so I’m really hoping when I get to Newark, no one will have been telling me something made up,” said Fanwood resident Rachel Morales.

“As we are exchange students, we have a limited budget. Now we are changing buses again and again and for all the buses and the trains we’re getting from different stations we have to buy the ticket and that’s a problem,” said Urooj Haider, who was traveling from Islamabad, Pakistan.

The transit system operators say check their websites to see what’s up and running. And remember, from bus to train to ferry, tickets are being cross-honored.

NJ Transit bus service will be restored Wednesday on a modified schedule and rail service will be running on a Presidents’ Day schedule. Get the full information here.