New timetables effective March 24 for all NJ Transit heavy-rail services restored most service that was still reduced after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Some trains are still missing, notably 3 daily round trips between Bay Head and Hoboken on the North Jersey Coast Line and some runs to Waldwick on the Main/Bergen lines. On the Morris & Essex Lines, a number of Gladstone and Dover trains to and from Hoboken have not resumed. (Schedules were reissued on June 2; some changes may have been made, but we have not yet analyzed the new schedules.) Weekend service on all lines is back to normal, with the exception of an early-morning round trip between Dover and Hoboken on the M&E.
The resumption of service was made possible by restoration of electric traction power into the Hoboken terminal; damage to a substation had restricted Hoboken to diesel-powered trains since the storm. Most customers will find their pre-Sandy service restored, although there are notable exceptions because of the still-missing trains. North Jersey Coast Line riders from beyond Long Branch will continue to find fewer trains and longer gaps. On the M&E, the lack of an early-morning weekend train from Hoboken will affect commuters to jobs from the New York area; and there remain unacceptable gaps in service on the Gladstone Branch, including no outbound trains (beyond Murray Hill) between 2:40 and 4:27 p.m. on weekdays. Returning, the 8:50 p.m. departure from Gladstone for Hoboken is also missing; since the preceding train does not take passengers at Gladstone, there is an astounding gap at Gladstone station (only) of nearly 5 hours, roughly from 5 to 10 p.m.
PATH resumed full normal service on March 1; this restores service to World Trade Center and Exchange Place on weekends. Since all lines were operating on weekdays, full service has been restored.
NYC Transit resumed through train service to the Rockaways (A Train) on May 30, after an absence of 7 months since Hurricane Sandy. However, they also announced a plan for an extensive closing of the Montague Street Tunnel (R Train) to complete repairs and strengthen defenses against future flooding.
NJ Transit reopened the Hoboken terminal building late on Monday, January 28. The building had been closed for some time after contamination due to the Hurricane Sandy flooding was discovered. Karen Rouse of The Record of Bergen County reported on Friday evening (Jan. 25) that Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) pressured NJT to provide temporary shelter, toilets, and running water for customers within 3 business days, or he would call a legislative hearing. The report was formerly to be found at http://www.northjersey.com/news/NJ_Transit_to_reopen_Hoboken_Terminal_on_Tuesday.html. NJT announced Tuesday’s re-opening at 5:34 on Friday afternoon, according to Rouse.
The waiting room bears little resemblance to the pre-Sandy facilities, as much of the room is still walled off, the rest rooms are closed, and a limited amount of plastic seating is provided. For restrooms, use the train parked on Track 8 for that purpose, which is also warm and comfortable.