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NJ Transit to alter Northeast Corridor timetables to accommodate Amtrak tie replacement project


New Jersey Transit will implement new rail timetables on June 2 to accommodate Amtrak's long-term tie replacement project on the Northeast Corridor (NEC).

During the project, Amtrak will take one of four tracks out of service on a portion of the line, which will affect weekday and weekend train schedules, NJ Transit officials said in a press release.

Next month, Amtrak crews will begin work on Track 4, the local outbound track (to Trenton), which will be out of service for several months between New Brunswick and Metuchen.

"While we have worked very closely with Amtrak to minimize the impact to Northeast Corridor customers, the reduced track capacity is smiler to taking a lane out of service on a busy superhighway," NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein said.

To minimize impact on service, NJ Transit designed the new NEC schedule to make the most of the remaining three tracks, keeping one track in each direction open for local service while using the remaining track for express service in peak direction.

The new schedule will be available on NJ Transit's website on Friday.

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