NEWARK — NJ Transit will offer limited service from New York for Friday's afternoon commuter rush after Friday morning's Amtrak derailment shut down Penn Station.

Limited outbound service will be offered starting at 4 p.m. as only one out of 11 tracks are available because of the investigation and clean up.

Limited inbound service will be offered hourly from Trenton and Long Branch on the North Jersey Coast Line, making stops at Newark and Secaucus.

MidTown Direct trains will continue to operate in and out of Hoboken Terminal.

Spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said that the area of the derailment is a "critical chokehold area" that also affects Amtrak and the Long Island Railroad, which are also making adjustments to their schedules to accommodate NJ Transit. Snyder compared the closure of 11 tracks to a road closure where only the shoulder gets by.

Hoboken services will also be impacted due to the additional trains in the terminal. Because of track limitation in the terminal, some Summit-bound trains will be impacted during Friday afternoon's commute.

NJ Transit will also continue to cross honor between trains, buses, private carrier, NY Waterway and PATH at Newark, Hoboken and 33rd Street.

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