Here is a color-coded breakdown of how the news flowed during this morning’s incident.
Red – Information form Clever Commute (not all entries shown)
Blue – Information from NJ Transit (e-mail plus web site)
The incident began at approx 7:59 AM…and was immediately reported by the commuters. The first e-mail from NJ Transit comes approximately 20 minutes later.
7:59 AM – Power problems. Train stopped.
8:01 AM – Conductor announces Amtrak losing power
8:03 AM – All NE Corridor inbound trains stopped, heard in conductors radio, no explanation given to passengers yet.
8:04 AM – Amtrak voltage problems. All NJT trains are stopped.
8:06 AM – Going to Hoboken (trains to NYP are diverted)
8:16 AM – 8:01 Madison to NYPENN re routed to Hoboken. Conductor reporting all midtown direct trains are going to Hoboken …
8:20 AM – MidTown Direct Service is diverted to Hoboken. We are cross honoring with NJT bus and PATH
8:25 AM – Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line service is suspended in both directions, due to Amtrak overhead wire problem