Crews restoring electricity in New Jersey some trains resume

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Crews on Thursday continued working to restore electricity to more than half a million homes and businesses in New Jersey, days after Tropical Storm Isaias downed trees and power lines.

Utilities reported service remained out for roughly 454,000 customers, down from more than 1.3 million when the storm hit on Tuesday. Bergen, Monmouth and Atlantic counties had the most outages.

The head of the state’s public utilities board anticipated 80% of customers would have power restored by Friday night, but that could take longer in harder-to-reach areas or areas where the storm caused extensive damage.

New Jersey Transit said its crews had made progress clearing downed trees and overhead wires, and the North Jersey Coast Line had resumed service Thursday afternoon on a weekend schedule. However, service remained suspended on the Morris & Essex, Montclair-Boonton and Gladstone Branch lines.

Northeast Corridor, Raritan Valley Line, Main/Bergen County, Port Jervis and Pascack Valley trains were operating on a weekend schedule. The Atlantic City Rail Line was operating on a regular weekday schedule.