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Hurricane Sandy Transit and Travel Update for Thursday

A tree on the tracks leading to the Dinky Station in Princeton. Photo by Virginia Kerr.

TRANSIT

Amtrak will provide modified Northeast Regional service between Boston and New Haven, Conn., and between Newark, N.J., and points south on Thursday. Amtrak will also operate shuttle service trains between Springfield, Mass., and New Haven, Keystone Service trains between Harrisburg, Penn., and Philadelphia, and Downeaster service trains between Boston and Portland, Maine, along with additional overnight services to and from the Northeast. Amtrak is continuing to remove water from tunnels in order to make repairs to track, signal and power systems under the Hudson and East rivers and to restore service to and from Penn Station in New York City. Amtrak is planning to operate modified service to and from New York City on Friday, with schedules to be announced on Thursday. In the meantime, there will be no Northeast Regional service between Newark and New Haven and no Acela Express service for the length of the Northeast Corridor on Thursday, November 1.

NJ Transit – NJ Transit will resume 80 percent of its bus service Thursday morning after a shutdown of more than three days. Full service is being restored on 68 routes in North Jersey and 18 routes in South Jersey. Partial service will be resumed on 58 bus routes in northern New Jersey and 17 routes in southern New Jersey that will operate with detours due to the ongoing impacts from Hurricane Sandy. NJ Transit’s Access Link for the disabled and elderly will also return on a limited basis. The operation of nearly all of the agency’s trains and light rail network will remain suspended until further notice. The River Line is now running between Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden and Trenton Transit Center. To find out if your bus route is in operation, visit njtransit.com.

PATH – The more than 250,000 riders who take the PATH train between New Jersey and Manhattan each weekday will probably be without service into the middle of next week because the tubes that run under the Hudson River and stations in Hoboken and Jersey City were flooded.

AIRPORTS

– JFK Airport is open, but flights are limiter. Check with your airline.

– Laguardia Airport is closed.

– Newark International Airport is open, but service is limited. Check with your airline to confirm flights.

– Philadelphia International Airport is open. Check with your airline to confirm flights.

ROADS

Below is a list of the state roads in our that were still closed Wednesday night. Many state roads with issues were cleared up Wednesday, though some traffic lights were not functioning, including the lights on Route 1 at Washington Road and Harrison Street (no jughandle turns can be made until the lights are restored). Some county roads are still closed and about 90 intersections do not have functioning traffic signals.  Motorists are supposed to treat those intersections like four-way stops. In Princeton area towns, numerous roads are still closed, especially side streets. Updated complete lists were not available Wednesday night. We will try to provide updated lists Thursday morning. Crews were working late into Wednesday night to try to open roads.

– Route 31 in Hopewell was reopened Wednesday afternoon.

– Downed trees still blocking US 206 in both directions North of CR 546/Franklin Corner Rd in Lawrence Twp. All lanes closed and detoured use caution.

– Downed pole on US 130 southbound area of Broadway in South Brunswick Twp. Right lane closed use caution.

– Utility Pole Down on NJ 33 in both directions from East of CR 533/Mercerville White Horse Rd to West of White Horse-Hamilton Square Rd in Hamilton Twp. All lanes closed.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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