NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Power problems forced Amtrak and regional transit agencies to halt trains throughout the Northeast for more than an hour Tuesday during the middle of the morning rush.
Amtrak said low-voltage troubles forced it to suspend service between New York City and Washington, and between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa., starting at 7:45 a.m. The exact cause of the problem wasn't immediately known, Amtrak spokesman Steve Coleman said.
The power problems also forced NJ Transit, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and Maryland Transit Administration to halt their trains.
At Philadelphia's 30th Street Station, business travelers stood around, messaging on cell phones as all the trains on the schedule board were listed as delayed. Shortly after 9 a.m., railroad workers announced to waiting passengers that power had been restored and all trains would begin moving shortly.
Amtrak expected residual delays throughout Tuesday morning.
Riders on NJ Transit's Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast trains faced delays of up to 90 minutes. Philadelphia's SEPTA said commuters would face delays of up to an hour.