A train crash at the New Jersey Hoboken terminal left one dead and over 100 injured, and it could be weeks before the trains are running on their normal schedules. The crash left structural damage to the station itself, and officials are not yet sure exactly how much.
Governor Cuomo explained.
“There’s structural damage to the station itself, and we don’t yet know how long that damage will take to repair, or what the consequence (is) of that damage.”
In the meantime people still need ways to commute to work, so the New Jersey transit immediately went to work in expanding the bus, rail, and light rail services available to hopefully make up some the difference. Current rail tickets will be honored for both bus and ferry rides.
This particular station also had a crash in 2011 that injured more than 30 people, but the necessary changes were not made to prevent it from happening again. The trains do not have a Positive Train Control system which might be able to prevent such crashes. The National Transportation Safety Board said that the probable cause of this crash was a “failure of the engineer to control the speed of the train entering the station.”