Tracks re­open at Hobo­ken Ter­mi­nal after deadly train crash Sept. 29

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

HOBO­KEN, N.J. (AP) >> Rail ser­vice was fully re­stored Mon­day at a New Jer­sey tran­sit sta­tion dam­aged last month when a train trav­el­ing more than twice the speed limit crashed, killing a woman on the plat­form and in­jur­ing more than 100 other peo­ple.

The re­turn of full ser­vice into Hobo­ken Ter­mi­nal comes less than three weeks after the crash.

Six more tracks opened at 4 a.m. Mon­day. New Jer­sey Tran­sit also noted that the sta­tion’s ticket of­fice has re­sumed op­er­a­tions.

How­ever, tracks 5 and 6 will re­main closed as the tran­sit agency con­tin­ues re­pairs.

Trains en­ter­ing the sta­tion will now re­duce their ap­proach speed from 10 mph to 5 mph for added safety, NJ Tran­sit Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Steven San­toro said.

In the Sept. 29 crash, the train’s data recorder showed it go­ing twice the 10 mph speed limit just be­fore it slammed through a bumper at the end of the track and dis­lodged an over­head canopy, show­er­ing de­bris onto the train.

New Jer­sey’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion sent a let­ter on Fri­day to U.S. Trans­porta­tion Sec­re­tary An­thony Foxx ask­ing the gov­ern­ment to ful­fill the tran­sit agency’s $10 mil­lion re­quest to help it in­stall the GPS-based pos­i­tive train con­trol sys­tem. The tran­sit agency said in a fil­ing in June that it has not made any ad­di­tional progress on in­stalling the sys­tem while ap­proach­ing a De­cem­ber 2018 dead­line.

The Demo­cratic lead­ers of New Jer­sey’s state Leg­is­la­ture an­nounced that they will con­duct a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the agency and safety con­cerns.

SETH WENIG — AP PHOTO

In this Mon­day photo, com­muters walk past boarded up track en­trances at Hobo­ken Ter­mi­nal in Hobo­ken, N.J., after the Sept. 29 com­muter train crash. New Jer­sey Tran­sit has said six more tracks will open at 4 a.m. Mon­day at Hobo­ken Ter­mi­nal, which re­sumed op­er­a­tions on Oct. 10.

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