New Jersey Transit suspended rail service to and from New York on Friday night after a chaotic day for commuters that saw dozens of trains canceled due to a lack of engineers.
The railroad said the problem was the result of illegal action by the union representing locomotive engineers.
Engineers do not currently have a collective agreement.
N.J. Transit said the number of engineers who called on Friday was triple the average number for a weekday.
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The agreement being negotiated includes observance of Friday, June 19 as a holiday, which the agreement currently in place does not, according to NJ Transit.
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“NJ Transit is disappointed that the union is committing such an act on the more than 100,000 commuters who rely on NJ Transit rail service every day,” the transit company said in a statement. “We intend to explore all legal remedies in response to this illegal and irresponsible action.”
In a tweet Saturday morning, NJ Transit said it expected engineers to return to work and the railroad to resume service.
An email message seeking comment was left by The Associated Press for the local union president on Friday.
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New Jersey Transit said the last trains leaving New York, which normally run until after midnight, would leave by 8:15 p.m.
New Jersey Transit is the nation’s third largest bus, rail, and light rail transportation provider.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.