Rail service is suspended on the eastbound Gladstone Line due to damage beneath train tracks caused by Thursday morning's storm, according to an NJ Transit spokesman.
William Smith said for the remainder of Thursday and perhaps longer, all eastbound traffic has been halted. Outbound trains going westward between Summit and Bernardsville will continue to be in service, he added, but scheduled trains are subject to 30- to 45-minute delays.
"At this point, westbound bus service is stepping in to replace rail service from Summit to Bernardsville," Smith said.
The inconvenience is the result of "several large areas" discovered where earth was washed out under track from heavy rains in the area Thursday morning, the said.
Smith said there no estimate of when the repair work will be complete.
"The work is very labor intensive, and heavy equipment has to be brought in," he said, adding that it is possible that Friday commuter travel may be affected as well.
The affected stations are Summit, New Providence, Murray Hill, Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millington, Basking Ridge and Bernardsville.
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