We at the Lackawanna Coalition were deeply saddened to learn about the accident this morning at Hoboken Terminal. We express our sympathy to the loved ones of the woman who was killed. We also express our hope that everyone who was injured in this unfortunate incident will have a speedy and complete recovery. 

We consider Hoboken Terminal to be a very special place. Historically, it was the center or service on our heritage railroad, the Lackawanna Railroad. It is a beautiful and well-designed building that has served the riding public well for 109 years. It continues to do so, as a major terminal, alongside New York's Penn Station for Morris & Essex, Montclair-Boonton and Gladstone Line riders. We hope that the damaged roof will be replaced soon, that the building itself did not sustain significant damage, and that Hoboken will again be a fully-active rail transportation center again soon.

Rail travel, whether for commuting, occasional short trips or long distances on Amtrak, is the safest mode of transportation. We are saddened to learn of today's unfortunate accident, but we also understand that such accidents occur very rarely. We urge the riding public to continue to use and support New Jersey Transit's rail services, along with other transit in the region.

We congratulate all First Responders for their quick and helpful actions at the scene. We also compliment NJ Transit for restoring so much service so quickly. We understand that Hoboken Terminal will be out of service for awhile, and we are impressed that NJT managed to serve many Hoboken customers through the Secaucus Junction Station and with bus service to and from nearby Hoboken City Hall. We also commend the PATH system for having Hoboken service running again so quickly.