Amtrak’s start of scheduled summertime track repairs at New York Penn Station had riders on eight Montclair-Boonton line trains and two North Jersey Coast Line trains taking alternate routes. Riders on affected NJ Transit trains will have to transfer at the Hoboken terminal to catch the PATH or ferry.
Monday’s launch of the new schedule left long lines at PATH ticket kiosks, but plenty of NJ Transit employees were there directing traffic.
Commuters traveling through Hoboken reacted to the first day of scheduled changes.
“There could be a little bit more direction being provided. I also don’t know why they have all the machines take cash and/or credit card. They should probably have one cash line,” said Rich Curran, of Saddle Brook. “Makes it faster – credit cards are a little slower to use. People are using the trains for the first time because they are routing trains here and instead of Secaucus.”
Freehold resident Angela Mossa was unfazed.
“It’s all right. This is the first day. So we’ll see. They did it a few years ago too and it worked out in the end,” Mossa said. “We’re used to it — it’s happened a few times so we know the ropes at this point or you just follow everyone, but it’s okay.”
Riders of impacted lines will pay discounted rates throughout the duration of the track work, from June 17 until September 7.