Dinky train service restored

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Just in time for the evening commute and two weeks after the start of the Alexander Road bridge projects, the Dinky train was out of service again Tuesday and service was not restored until rush hour was over.

NJ Transit posted a service alert reporting that the train service was suspended due to mechanical problems just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The initial alert did not say whether substitute buses were being provided. An updated alert at 5:41 p.m. said the Dinky was still out of service and substitute buses were being provided. Service was restored at about 6:40 p.m.

Officials said at a press conference last month that NJ Transit planned to have extra train equipment at the Morrisville railyard in case the Dinky was to break down during the bridge project. Tonight will be a test of whether that plan works.

In addition to the Alexander Street closure, Mercer Road near Quaker Road is down to one lane because of a multi-vehicle crash, police said. This is the second crash near the intersection since the Alexander Street closure. Police are recommending that commuters avoid Mercer Road and Princeton Pike, and take Rosedale Road or Route 206 instead.

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.

2 Comments

  1. Wow! I’m so happy I worked remotely yesterday. Coming of the train from New York would have been a horrible experience.

  2. What can one say???? This is totally unacceptable!!! Please reprint my letter of a few weeks ago. We must move forward on releasing the Dinky from its total neglect under its NJ Transit stewardship.

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