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Christie Stops Payments to Amtrak After Derailments Cause Chaos

  • Second incident in two weeks wreaks havoc on Northeast commute
  • Vital commuting link to New York City has limited service
Evening commuters wait for delayed New Jersey Transit trains at Penn Station in New York City following an earlier derailment on April 4, 2017.

Evening commuters wait for delayed New Jersey Transit trains at Penn Station in New York City following an earlier derailment on April 4, 2017.

Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is withholding payments to Amtrak, the national passenger railroad, after two derailments in as many weeks caused major train delays in the U.S. Northeast.

In an April 5 letter to Amtrak leaders, Christie says he has directed New Jersey Transit to cease payments until Amtrak examines its equipment. Amtrak owns the tracks on which New Jersey Transit operates.