Expect that trip to and from Trenton, N.J. to soon take a little bit longer.
New Jersey Transit rail passengers face new schedules that started Sunday because of track work along the Northeast Corridor.
Amtrak, which owns the rails, is replacing rail ties. Track 4 will be taken out of service for several months between New Brunswick and Metuchen.
NJ Transit's new schedule reflects keeping one track in each direction for local service while using the remaining track for express trains during peak hours.
“While we have worked very closely with Amtrak to minimize the impact to Northeast Corridor customers, the reduced track capacity is similar to taking a lane out of service on a busy superhighway,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein. “Some customers will experience changes in their departure times and longer trip times—however, the work Amtrak is performing now will benefit customers in the long term.”
The new schedule shows slightly longer trip times for trains to and from Trenton. There are changes to departure times and a reduction in the total number of train stops through the work zone during non-peak hours.
The hardest hit will be Trenton-bound trains during the morning and midday off-peak hours as the trans will stop at fewer stops while work is being done.
Amtrak is installing special boarding platform bridges at New Brunswick, Edison and Metuchen stations.
NJ Transit didn't reveal how long the changes would last.