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  • NJ Transit trains in and out of Penn Station New York were experiencing up to 90-minute delays due to a malfunction on the Portal Bridge[hhmc]

  • The bridge apparently got stuck in an open position[hhmc]

  • Amtrak, which controls the bridge, was assessing the situation; System-wide cross honoring was in effect[hhmc]

NJ Transit trains in and out of Penn Station New York were experiencing up to 90-minute delays due to a malfunction on the Portal Bridge that caused it to get stuck in an open position.

The Portal Bridge is over the Hackensack River, between Kearny and Secaucus. Around 10:25 p.m., service was back operating on or close to schedule and the Wednesday morning commute should not be affected.

System-wide cross honoring was in effect with NJ Transit bus and privately operated buses. PATH was accepting NJ Transit rail tickets and passes at Newark, Hoboken and 33rd St.

The bridge is controlled by Amtrak, and experienced issues earlier Tuesday.

According to the agency, the bridge was unable to lock in place after opening at around 9:50 a.m., "causing some delays to three Amtrak trains and several commuter trains." However, it closed and locked into place and resumed train operations around 10:19 a.m.

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"The bridge was opened again at around 3:24 pm for marine traffic, and it was again unable to lock into place. As of 4:30 pm, the bridge has still not been able to close, causing delays to eight Amtrak trains and several commuter trains," Amtrak says.

Officials were inspecting the bridge and were working to have it back into place.

On Monday, passengers on a NJ Transit train were trapped for almost two hours — some of it in complete darkness — when a train was disabled after leaving Penn.

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