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Power restored at New York Penn Station after outage temporarily halted all train service

Key Points
  • Power has been restored to Amtrak's train system following an overhead wire issue that halted all service in and out of New York Penn Station on Wednesday.
  • Amtrak said all of the trains affected by the issue are moving again.
  • NJ Transit said affected trains were experiencing up to hour delays. 
A NJTransit train leaves Newark Penn Station.
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Transit authorities have restored power to the New Jersey rail system, allowing travel in and out of New York's Penn Station following trouble with Amtrak's overhead wires that halted all service Wednesday morning, according to Amtrak.

Amtrak said all of the trains affected by the issue are moving again. But NJ Transit said trains are experiencing up to hour delays in both directions.

Service was suspended in both directions along the Northeast Corridor, New Jersey Coast Line and Midtown Direct lines, leaving some trains stranded in tunnels. Trains on the Midtown Direct line were diverted to the Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey.

NJ Transit said PATH would honor NJ Transit customers and that they could use PATH's 33rd St. and World Trade Center rail lines to enter the city.

The Fire Department of New York said at 10:28 a.m. they received reports of three trains stuck in tunnels in New Jersey before power was restored.

The delay caused some momentary panic among commuters trying to get into the city.

Katie Smith, a student at Fordham University in New York City, said she was aboard a train on the NJ Transit Morris & Essex Line to attend a summer college course she is taking.

Smith said about halfway through her commute, the conductor announced her train would travel to Hoboken instead of New York.

"Around me are families going to the Yankee game, and a few tourists who are unfamiliar with the different routes into New York," Smith said. "They were saying how they picked this train because it was the easiest way into the city without transferring, and seemed panicked when the announcement came."

Smith said she will likely be late to her summer course because of the incident, though her train was rerouted back to Penn Station after the issue was resolved.