Downed wires causing major Amtrak, NJ Transit delays

Downed overhead wires are causing massive delays for both Amtrak and NJ Transit trains Wednesday evening.

Just after 5:30 p.m., Amtrak said on X (formerly Twitter) that downed overhead power lines between Newark and New York had caused all travel in the area to be temporarily stopped as crews worked to resolve the issue. 

"There's no communication, everyone's just wandering around," one frustrated commuter said. 

The disruption is affecting all Amtrak travel from Philadelphia to New York, and all NJ Transit travel between New York and Newark.

NJ Transit has said that rail tickets and passes are being cross-honored with NJ Transit bus and private carriers and PATH trains at Newark Penn Station, Hoboken, and 33rd Street-New York.

Adding insult to injury, downed wires also caused hour-and-a-half delays on Tuesday morning, and a 15% fare hike is set to take effect on July 1.