What to Know
- NJ Transit's River Line is suspended indefinitely.
- The agency suspended service on the line that connects Trenton with Camden because it needs to perform emergency inspections and repairs.
- “The safety of our customers and employees is always our top priority and not an area that can be compromised,” NJ Transit's leader says.
The thousands of commuters who ride New Jersey Transit's River Line are facing limited service because of emergency inspections and repairs after some wheels on a light rail car failed to meet safety standards.
The agency on Friday is returning cars once they pass inspection, but supplemental bus service is available until the line that connects Trenton with Camden is back to strength.
NJ Transit says a preliminary inspection indicated there was a defect in a single batch of wheels that were delivered by the original manufacturer. The comprehensive inspection is being conducted "out of an abundance of caution."
“The safety of our customers and employees is always our top priority and not an area that can be compromised,” NJ Transit executive director Kevin Corbett said. “I want to assure our customers that we are working closely with our partners at Bombardier to restore service as quickly as possible.”
Around 7 a.m., NJ Transit began limited River Line service, but said it would continue to provide shuttle bus service.
NJ Transit is operating special express bus service between four of its highest ridership stations. The stations are Trenton Transit Center, Florence, Beverly/Edgewater Park and Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden. All regular fares will be charged.
About 8,500 riders use the River Line on the average weekdays. The train is also popular with concertgoers to Camden's BB&T Pavilion where Coheed and Cambria performs this weekend.
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