PATH outage

11:00pm Update:

It resumed service (for now)… guess it was only out for an hour..

3/8/2008 10:00pm:

Guess the wind is doing something somewhere.

The official statement is: “Due to a signal problem, train service on the Journal Square to 33rd Street (via Hoboken) line is suspended.”

However, reports were that the system is down due to a power failure. They’re bringing is buses to transport passengers and will honor PATH tickets.

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Sunday, March 9, 2008 6:00 pm

Yesterday there were multiple problems – the first one which suspended service past JSQ was due to a large tree that fell into the cut blocking tracks.

Later as described by onlyonwillow was signal problems. When the train slammed on the breaks, it was actually being tripped by a faulty red signal – it’s a fail safe that once a train crosses a red signal, the power is cut to the power block that the lead car is on. So when the signals have a fault or short or any other problem, the signals go to red, and the train’s power is cut. I’m not sure the cause of these signal problems, but PATH is currently involved in upgrading the entire signal system.

Sunday, March 9, 2008 5:40 pm

I was on the Hoboken/JSQ train that had left 33rd St (which itself was delayed 15 minutes for an unknown reason) and started to get stuck somewhere between 9th St and Christopher St. After inching its way towards Christopher St, we were told that the train was no longer in service. So, here is a very overpacked train (due to the 15 minute delay) on the smallest platform in the path system and one that only has one exit all the way on the far end. Meanwhile, the path conductor kept trying to close the door on everyone while we were exiting the train. Genius, when there’s 1000 people who can barely fit on a platform, it’s not easy to jump off the train quickly. The organization of those in charge was PATHETIC. I think the blame should be pointed right to the top. While it could not have been known at the time when service was going to be restored, the logical thing to do would have have been to make some sort of announcement, probably requiring everyone to evacuate in an orderly fashion… and an assurance that you could re-enter the system for free if/when service was restored. Or that you would be able to take other forms of transportation for free. (i.e. ride the subway to port authority and then take the bus.) Why should I be out an additional $4.55? (And what of those people who didn’t have the extra money? I’m a financial counselor and… Read more »

Sunday, March 9, 2008 9:47 am

We were right at the PATH turnstiles when three cops started to close it. This was around 8:30 and they were yelling for everyone to get upstairs. We asked what was going on and one of the cops said that someone had called in a bomb threat.

Saturday, March 8, 2008 11:54 pm

I came home from a show at the Prudential Center in Newark which ended about 10pm. After everyone was on the train and the doors were about to close, there was an announcement that the train was only going as far as JSQ because that was the only part of the system in operation. A bunch of people ran off the train. One woman who stayed on the train had waited at 33rd street for her JSQ train for a half hour before giving up and taking NJT to Newark and then this idiotic Path train. We figured we’d take a cab from JSQ, but when we got there, the Hoboken train was right across the platform as it should have been.

We had just been commenting how much easier it was to get to the Newark arena than the Meadowlands.

Saturday, March 8, 2008 11:44 pm

I wonder if this has anything to do with a path train investigation that happened earlier tonight around 8:30. Police came on the train, stopped right outside of the hoboken path station, with “drug” sniffing dogs and walked up and down investigating something. We were stuck on the train for a good twenty-five minutes… Anyone have anymore information on this?

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