Rail travel is off to a rough start this morning.

Because of an “overhead wire problem,” trains on the North Jersey Coast Line, which serves our area, as well as on the Northeast Corridor, are experiencing delays of 30 to 60 minutes, New Jersey Transit says in an alert issued shortly before 7a and reiterated at 7:23.

Quoting NJT spokesman Dan Stessel, the Asbury Park Press reports that “the problem is a downed overhead wire just west of Newark Penn Station. Stessel said Amtrak crews are working to fix the problem right now, but commuters are encouraged to seek alternative transportation.”

There’s also “no service to airport,” NJT says.

Earlier, NJCL #3210, the 5:26a from Long Branch, was cancelled “near Long Branch,” due to a mechanical problem. Passengers were being transfered to the #3212 (5:46a).

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