Draw­bridge mal­func­tion causes rail de­lays

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS -

Rail riders in New Jer­sey en­dured more than two hours of de­lays af­ter an ag­ing draw­bridge failed to close prop­erly.

The mal­func­tion at the Rar­i­tan River draw­bridge oc­curred at ap­prox­i­mately 11 p.m. Tues­day.

New Jer­sey Tran­sit says an elec­tri­cal prob­lem caused the bridge to not shut prop­erly.

Sev­eral trains were de­layed and at least one train was can­celed when ser­vice was sus­pended. Ser­vice re­sumed at about 1:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day.

The bridge con­nects Perth Amboy and South Amboy and is more than 100 years old.

It in­curred dam­age dur­ing 2012’s Su­per­storm Sandy that forced it to shut down for three weeks.

NJ Tran­sit plans to re­place the span and has been awarded about $450 mil­lion in fed­eral grants.

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