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Plastic packaging causes major NJ Transit, Amtrak delays on one of the busiest travel days of the year

Plastic film caught in wire wires caused major delays on the Amtrak and NJ Transit lines Wednesday, which slowed riders…

Plastic film caught in wire wires caused major delays on the Amtrak and NJ Transit lines Wednesday, which slowed riders on one of the busiest days of the year.

“There was a plastic film in the power cables and we were taking a train until it was removed,” said Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams in an email shortly after 6pm “Trains are now on the move, but remaining delays are expected.”

The northeast corridor and the North Jersey Coast Line service were originally suspended because of the Amtrak wire problem near North Elizabeth, but later resumed with long-term delays according to NJ Transit.

Timelong delays were also reported on the NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley Line.

Amtrak reported delays on some of its trains near Metropark and Newark airport stops.

Social Media Photos showed a packed waiting place at the already-occupied station in New York Penn.

NJ Transit and private buses crossed the railway tickets and passes, according to Transi t agency. The PATH was also crossed by rail tickets and passes.

The accident delayed the riders the day before Thanksgiving, when the number of people travels across the region by rail.

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