UPDATE: Weekend Service Resumes on NJ Transit’s River Line
UPDATE (SATURDAY 6/8/19):
New Jersey Transit officials say the River Line is operating a normal schedule all weekend (for the length of the busy railroad which connects New Jersey to Philadelphia.
"Regular weekend service is expected to operate on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9," NJTransit shared on Saturday. "Updates will be provided as new information becomes available."
The line had been suspended on Friday when officials discovered possible safety issues with the train wheels. At the time officials said they were suspending service out of an abundance of caution.
NJ Transit officials set up alternate bus service from some of the stations for Friday morning's commute, and by Friday night they were offering "very limited train service."
It is NOT currently clear if the line will operate on a normal weekday schedule on Monday morning for commuters. However, if you're heading to Philadelphia this weekend for Pride or another event or even a show at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, you should be good.
ORIGINAL STORY (Published Friday Morning):
New Jersey Transit announced that they have suspended service on the entire length of the River Line as they are performing emergency inspections.
The service has been suspended indefinitely as officials will look into a possible safety issue with the wheels on the line.
Bus service will be offered in place of the train. Express bus service will operate from the busiest stations on the line. Those are:
- Trenton Transit Center
- Beverly/Edgewater Park
- Walter Rand Transportation Center
Those express buses will run on the following schedule:
- Every 15 minutes between 5:45am - 8:30am
- Every 30 minutes between 8:30am - 4:00pm
- Every 15 minutes between 4:00pm - 7:00pm
- Every 30 minutes between 7:00pm - 9:30 pm
Intermediate stations will be served by existing local bus service. Customers from stations not serviced by busses are going to need to plan an alternate route. You can see a complete list of detours on the NJTransit website.
"During regularly scheduled inspections, some wheels on a light rail vehicle failed to meet the required safety standards," NJ Transit wrote in today's statement. "Preliminary inspection indicates there was a defect in a single batch of wheels delivered by the original manufacturer. Out of an abundance of caution, a comprehensive inspection is being conducted on every wheel of each vehicle which is a highly labor-intensive process."