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New York City Travel Impacted By Discovery of Explosive Devices

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 19, 2016

New York City Travel Impacted By Discovery of Explosive Devices

Photo: Explosion in Elizabeth, New Jersey. (Photo via @FoxNews)

Travelers and local commuters in New York City are dealing with delays on crucial transportation routes as police have discovered up to five explosive devices inside a backpack in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

According to, the explosive devices were found about 500 feet from a train bridge, and the rush of police activity disrupted rail service. New Jersey Transit officials announced the closure of the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coastline rail service overnight, but said each had resumed at around 5:30 a.m. local time with expected delays and increased police presence.

To combat the traffic issues, New Jersey Transit officials also said that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, ferry services and private carrier buses will be honoring rail tickets and passes.

In addition, Amtrak suspended service overnight to the region. Passengers on trains at the time were allowed to disembark and seek alternative transportation at the closest stations at the time of the stoppage.

Amtrak officials also announced that Monday’s schedule would be modified for the Acela Express and Northeast Regional services. The rail service has also warned customers about delays and even cancellations throughout the day.

Elizabeth Station can be found just south of Newark Liberty International Airport, and the rail service in the region carries tens of thousands of travelers and commuters every day. The fear of additional explosive devices has caused many people to report suspicious items, which has further delayed travelers as each item is investigated.

The discovery of three explosive devices in Elizabeth came after an explosion rocked New York City's Chelsea neighborhood Saturday, which injured 29 people. Despite the explosion, the 23rd Street and 28th Street subway stations near the bombing were both open Monday, according to New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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