Hoboken Terminal//photo courtesy of Wikimedia

By: Purnasree Saha, Features Editor

More than a year after a train crash at the Hoboken Terminal, repairs won’t be completed for two more years and commuters are still being affected. NJ Transit, PATH, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and the NY Waterway Ferry service were temporarily suspended after the crash. According to the article “Hoboken Terminal Crash Repairs won’t be done until 2019,” on New Jersey website(nj.com) construction could be completed in the third quarter of 2019.

The attached ticketing office, passenger concourse roof and other mechanical and electrical infrastructure were severely damaged from the train crash. Track 5 was closed due to the train crash, and passengers had to take buses and PATH trains by walking through the waiting room outside of the station.

Len Resto, New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers, thought that new commuters will be confused in finding their way around in the Hoboken Terminal.

Professor Thomas La Pointe of the English Department at Bergen Community College, commutes from Hoboken. For two weeks following the crash, La Pointe’s commute was disrupted but soon returned to normal.  

The train that I used to take to Hoboken in the morning was cancelled, but some trains were still okay after the incident happened,” said La Pointe.

Lapointe had to take the NJ Transit 175 bus from BCC to Ridgewood to catch the train to Secaucus. From there he took the shuttle from Secaucus to Jersey City and transferred to the light rail to Hoboken.

“Construction is still in progress on the train platform, which is outside the Hoboken Station, in a minor way and it does not affect the train schedule anymore,” said La Pointe.

During the summer, Penn Station resembled what you’d think Hell would look like. A quarter of Penn Station was also closed during the summer for repairs to faulty signals and tracks which rerouted an additional 16,000 passengers to Hoboken Terminal.

It was predicted that passengers who were commuting from Hoboken Terminal will get a steep discount. The officials at the Long Island Rail Road then said that the agency was not capable of giving the passengers discount during construction.

The PATH was almost overflowing and the Hoboken Terminal was packed with commuters. There were rush hours to Hoboken which allowed passengers to switch to trains that were operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey or to ferries.