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Hurricane Sandy update: NJ Transit restores all but one rail line


All but one of New Jersey Transit's rail lines will be running at full or modified service effective today, including the restoration of service along the North Jersey Coast Line, which suffered the brunt of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

In addition, with repairs completed to Amtrak's electrical substation in Kearny, N.J., NJ Transit will be operating about 90 percent of its normal peak period service into New York Penn Station starting today. Main, Bergen County, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis line trains will resume stopping at Secaucus Junction as a result of the additional rail capacity reopened along the Northeast Corridor, said officials representing NJ Transit and Gov. Chris Christie's administration in a prepared statement.

"This is a major milestone in our continuing, post-Sandy recovery," said Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit Chairman James Simpson.

More than 30 miles of North Jersey Coast Line track sustained severe damage from the storm, including a complete washout of ballast under the track between South Amboy and Bay Head. The River Drawbridge in South Amboy also was severely damaged by a record storm surge, and the impact from recreational boats and a cargo container.

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