Hudson-Bergen streetcar suspended during rush hour due to fallen cables

During the hot Friday evening rush hour, the Hudson-Bergen light rail train was suspended in both directions between Danforth Station in Jersey City and 8th Street Station in Bayonne due to fallen overhead wires, trapping passengers in at least one car.

NJ Transit and Bayonne police, along with other agencies, responded to the potentially dangerous situation at the 45th Street station in Bayonne, where a light rail car was stopped on the tracks just south of station, said Journal photographer Reena Rose Sibayan, who was at the scene.

Passengers could be seen inside the stopped train, whose doors were open in the heat. Crates of water bottles could be seen on the tracks, presumably for hot passengers.

It was unclear when they would be allowed to evacuate the car.

“Hudson-Bergen light rail service is suspended back and forth between Danforth Avenue and 8th Street due to an overhead cable issue,” Hudson-Bergen Light Rail @NJTRANSIT_HBLR said in a tweet at 4:55 p.m. Friday.

Commuters waiting at other stations complained of what they said was a lack of communication with those waiting on hot platforms, waiting for trains that did not arrive.

“I took the train which arrived around 5.45 am, it is almost 6.45 am. still standing on Danforth Avenue in near 90 degree heat waiting for a shuttle…what a joke,” one commuter wrote in response to Hudson-Bergen Light Rail’s tweet.

To make matters worse, due to staffing issues amid a labor dispute with NJ Transit, most rail lines were suspended for the evening.

NJ Transit said train tickets and passes were honored by NJ Transit bus, light rail, private carrier buses and Newark, Hoboken and 33rd St. PATH stations.

Jose P. Rogers