Union Station Returns to Normal After NYC Delays

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2009  |  Updated 2:46 PM EDT
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Things appear to be returning to normal at Washington's Union Station after electrical problems outside New York City halted service up and down the northeast corridor.

The power was out for three hours Wednesday morning and was restored at about 11:30 a.m. Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole warned that residual delays were likely, but a train leaving Union Station toward New York City before 1 p.m. was listed as on time.

The train station is busy, but the crowds don't look like more than the usual high volume in the run-up to Christmas.

An electrical problem in northern New Jersey forced the railroad to halt trains in and out of New York's Penn Station at about 8:45 a.m.

That left commuters and holiday travelers stuck or scrambling for alternatives as service slowed to a crawl or stopped in much of the Northeast.

There's no word what caused the problem.

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