Light rail service resumes in Bayonne after electrical wire problem

Light rail service in Bayonne is running again.

On Friday, June 17, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service to Bayonne ceased due to fallen wires on the train during a particularly hot rush hour.

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At 4:26 p.m., the NJ Transit Police Department (NJTPD) notified the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management that a light rail train was disabled, according to Fire Chief Keith Weaver.

The issue was due to electrical wires that had fallen on the light rail train. That light rail train was subsequently stopped on the tracks just south of the 45th Street Station.

NJTPD immediately set up a command post at the 45th Street Station and dispatched Hudson-Bergen Light Rail engineers to the scene. McCabe Ambulance, Bayonne Police and Bayonne OEM were on hand to assist NJTPD with this operation.

Once the electricity was secured, three companies of the Bayonne Fire Department assisted NJTPD Emergency Services and escorted passengers out of the train. Authorities assisted approximately 45 passengers along the tracks to the 45th Street Station at 5:40 p.m.

Passengers were stuck in the train car for more than an hour in brutal heat while authorities worked to ensure it was safe to exit the train. Cases of water were provided to riders during the wait and the doors of the train were opened.

After sitting in the heat for some time, passengers walked along from the train to safety.

Those on the downed light rail train were not the only ones stranded in the heat; many were waiting for their light rail to arrive at stations in Bayonne unaware of the issue for some time. However, shuttle buses were quickly set up to bring passengers between light rail stations in Bayonne and the station at Danforth Avenue in Jersey City.

Authorities first had to secure the electricity to ensure passengers could exit the train safely.

To add to things, most rail lines were suspended the same evening because of staffing issues due to a labor dispute between employees and NJ Transit. But by June 18 at 1:49 p.m., NJ Transit notified riders that the light rail service in Bayonne was back online.

Local law enforcement helped riders with their things as they walked in between light rail tracks back to 45th Street Station.

“Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service has resumed in both directions between Danforth Avenue and 8th Street following an earlier overhead wire issue,” NJ Transit announced on social media the day following the incident.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com. 

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