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Amtrak, NJ Transit to complete electrical substation repairs on Friday


Amtrak and New Jersey Transit are scheduled to complete repairs tomorrow to a key Amtrak-owned electrical substation in Kearny, N.J., which will provide power needed to allow for further expansion of service lost during Hurricane Sandy.

Amtrak and NJ Transit personnel determined in recent days that flood damage to the substation was not as severe as initially thought. Once the substation is back on line, it will provide increased electrical power and more reliable signal and switching systems between New York City and Newark, N.J., Amtrak officials said in a prepared statement.

"The expedited repairs to the substation are a direct result of the cooperation and communication between Amtrak and NJ Transit, and will allow our infrastructure to support a near regular service level," said Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Boardman.

Meanwhile, NJ Transit yesterday resumed limited New York and Hoboken service on the Montclair-Boonton lines, marking another step in the agency's hurricane recovery efforts, agency officials said in a prepared statement.

Restoration of the Montclair-Boonton lines required crews to remove fallen trees, replace signal wires and power systems and repair other rail damage at critical locations, they said. Testing of the lines' track, switches and power and signal systems were completed on Tuesday.

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