'Unusual' Amtrak power outages impede travelers for hours

Mike DeNardo
June 19, 2019 - 4:36 pm
30th Street Station

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Travelers between New York state and Philadelphia were stop-and-go Wednesday morning, as Amtrak reported suspended service over nearly a three-hour span along the Northeast Corridor.

According to Amtrak, overhead power line issues in North Jersey disrupted its trains for several hours. It has since restored service, but thousands of commuters at 30th Street Station were forced to endure long delays — some longer than the train ride itself.

Passengers like Rebecca Rampp from Wilkes-Barre simply had to wait it out.

"I'm not super stressed out about it," she admitted. "But I do have my son here, who's not the most patient person. He's 14, but he's a little bit cranky about it."

Power was restored and trains were rolling again by 12:30 p.m. — but not before Californian Leslie Falbo scrapped her trip to New York.

"I was just talking to my bosses and letting them know that unfortunately I probably won't make it to the conference," she said, "because by he time I get up there, I'll miss half of it, and it's just not really worth it. I actually just called my mom and I asked her to come and pick me up."

Others like Laura McKeever from Conshohocken were scrambling for alternatives.

"I haven't come up with a plan B yet," she said. "I might be driving myself down to Virginia tonight."

McKeever had to get to Alexandria to lead a publishing conference. "We'll see. I have to get there some way," she added. "I take Amtrak about once a month and it's generally pretty reliable. So this, to me, is kind of an unusual situation."

The outage also disrupted Regional Rail trains on SEPTA's Trenton Line on and off for some time, as well as NJ Transit service.

There's no word yet on what caused the disruption in the first place.