The tramway resumes in Bayonne after an electric wire problem

The Bayonne tramway is working again.

On Friday, June 17, Hudson-Bergen light rail service to Bayonne ceased due to fallen wires on the train during a particularly hot rush hour.

At 4:26 p.m., the NJ Transit Police Department (NJTPD) notified the Bayonne Emergency Management Office that a light rail was disabled, according to Fire Chief Keith Weaver.

The problem was due to fallen electrical wires on the light rail. This light rail train was then stopped on the tracks just south of the 45th Street station.

The NJTPD immediately set up a command post at the 45th Street station and dispatched Hudson-Bergen light rail engineers to the scene. McCabe Ambulance, Bayonne Police and Bayonne OEM were on hand to assist the NJTPD in this operation.

Once the electricity was secured, three Bayonne Fire Brigade companies assisted the NJTPD emergency services and escorted passengers off the train. Authorities helped about 45 passengers along the tracks to the 45th Street station at 5:40 p.m.

Passengers were stuck in the carriage for more than an hour in the brutal heat as authorities scrambled to ensure it was safe to exit the train. Cases of water were provided to passengers while they waited and the train doors were opened.

After sitting in the heat for a while, the passengers walked from the train to safety.

Those on the downed light rail weren’t the only ones stuck in the heat; many had been waiting for their tram to arrive at Bayonne stations without realizing the problem for some time. However, shuttles were quickly set up to bring passengers between the Bayonne light rail stations and the Danforth Avenue station in Jersey City.

The authorities first had to secure the electricity to ensure that passengers could exit the train safely.

To add to things, most train lines were suspended the same evening due to lack of staff problems due to a labor dispute between employees and NJ Transit. But on June 18 at 1:49 p.m., NJ Transit notified riders that Bayonne’s light rail service was back online.

Local law enforcement helped passengers with their belongings as they walked between light rail tracks to the 45th Street station.

“Hudson-Bergen light rail service has resumed in both directions between Danforth Avenue and 8th Street following an earlier overhead wire issue,” NJ Transit announcement on social media the day after the incident.

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Jose P. Rogers