Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Gov. Christie halts Amtrak payments, calls for inspection

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is halting payments to Amtrak following a second derailment at New York City's Penn Station that is causing headaches for commuters in the nation's busiest rail hub.

The Republican governor said in a letter to Amtrak's chairman Wednesday that he directed New Jersey Transit to withhold funds until an independent inspection verifies Amtrak's Northeast Corridor is in a state of good repair.

The governor also says he has asked the attorney general to consider filing a lawsuit to recover money that NJ Transit pays to use the rail line.

NJ Transit paid Amtrak $62 million last year for maintenance and upgrades.

Amtrak says it hopes to have full rail service restored by Friday as it repairs damage caused by Monday's derailment.

FEATURED IMAGE CAPTION: New Jersey Transit commuters rush to cash a train heading for Gladstone, N.J., on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Hoboken, N.J The heads of the two major commuter rail lines that use New York's Penn Station took turns criticizing Amtrak on Wednesday for two recent derailments that continued to cause headache for commuters in the nation's bussiest rain hub.

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