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First publish date: 2006-05-25

Northeast Corridor Shut Down by Massive Power Failure

According to first-hand and media reports, Amtrak's Northeast Corridor electried line that stretches between Washington, D.C. and New York City, has lost power.

The electrical power failure has halted nearly all trains on the NEC, disrupting the morning commute for thousands of people.

Additionally, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is advising passengers to seek alternate transportation for Regional Rail routes R1 Airport, R2 Wilmington, R3 Media, R5 Paoli, R6 Cynwyd, R7 Trenton, and R8 Chestnut Hill West. The R2 Warminster, R3 West Trenton, R5 Lansdale-Doylestown, R6 Norristown, R7 Chestnut Hill East and R8 Fox Chase lines are operating only as far as Suburban Station in center city Philadelphia. SEPTA is advising stranded Regional Rail riders to make their way to Fern Rock and take the Broad Street subway into center city.

New Jersey Transit is reporting only limited service on its trains.

Several trains have been halted at various points along the lines, including at least one in a tunnel within suburban Philadelphia. There is no word on what the plans are for those passengers, however most trains have been having their passengers discharged if they were at or close to a station.

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