Amtrak Wants Lift Bridge Closed

Amtrak a lift bridge near Newark Penn Station to be permanently closed.

The 85-year old bridge sometimes fails to close and thus delays Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and PATH trains.

The intercity rail passenger carrier has asked the U.S. Coast Guard to permanently close the six-track, twin-span bridge built in 1935.

The Amtrak petition cited a limited number of requests to open the bridge over the past five years.

The bridge, Amtrak said, is rarely opened for marine traffic, malfunctions during required tests have caused more than 37 hours of Amtrak delays during that five-year period.

The Coast Guard has indicated it will take up to six months to determine whether to grant the permit.

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