On a day when commuters traveling down the Acela corridor might be headed for a few key events (the FOMC decision release at 2 pm and ensuing 2:30 pm ET press conference probably being the most important), Amtrak overhead power-line issues have prompted the suspension of train services from NJ Transit's Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line and Midtown Direct in both directions, as well as trains between NYC and Northern Philly.
Service Disruption: Trains traveling between New York (NYP) and North Phiadelphia (PHN) are now stopped due to overhead power issues. We will update as more information becomes available.— Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNECAlerts) June 19, 2019
NJ TRANSIT Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, and Midtown Direct rail service is suspended in both directions due to Amtrak overhead wire problems. Midtown Direct service is being diverted to Hoboken.— NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) June 19, 2019
Trenton: Service is suspended until further notice due to Amtrak's power problems. Alternative service options are online. https://t.co/HqkgCmX0Q3— SEPTA (@SEPTA) June 19, 2019
For those riding the Midtown Direct route, which is popular among commuters traveling from Jersey into NYC, trains are being diverted to Hoboken.
Commuters from Philly, to NYC, to Trenton took to social media to lament being trapped on trains with now power and AC.
Some passengers have already been trapped in the middle of nowhere for roughly an hour already.
Power outage between Trenton and NYC @NJTRANSIT and @Amtrak trains stopped-what’s the deal we are stuck between Newark and the city- no power, no AC stuck in the middle of nowhere! Litterally looking at the turnpike and can’t get off the train. #NJtranist pic.twitter.com/SC9EWV06sO— Ron Berkowitz (@ronberk1) June 19, 2019
The outages were impacting trains as far away as Boston.
Alert for those traveling from Boston into NYC this morning. All @Amtrak trains stopped due to electrical outage. Check for alerts. There goes my NYC meeting schedule today :( pic.twitter.com/dIitYK0pF9— Robert Ferrari (@BrandMoxi) June 19, 2019
One commuter recounted the dire circumstances on her train, where food, water and usable bathrooms were all in short supply.
Current status: trapped on an @Amtrak train with no power due to some kind of issue on the tracks. Let the record reflect that this is the second time in two months that I've been trapped on a powerless Amtrak due to infrastructure failure.— Nichole Dobo (@nicholedobo) June 19, 2019
The @Amtrak conductor says entire track is down and not operational from NYC to Philadelphia, and *they have no idea when it will be fixed.* Also, cafe car closed, so no access to food+water. And the bathrooms are not working, so we are told to avoid using the bathroom.— Nichole Dobo (@nicholedobo) June 19, 2019
Okay, for everyone clinging to the details of my commuter hell, power came back on. Hopefully we continue to move. 🤞🤞🤞🤞— Nichole Dobo (@nicholedobo) June 19, 2019
On the trains suspended in the underwater tunnels connecting NYC with Jersey, one twitter user complained that one passenger passed out and one child had a full-on panic attack.
Word on Twitter is that some trains have finally started to move after being stuck for more than an hour.