In our last issue, we reported a suspension of service on the Gladstone Branch due to “debris” that fell from the retaining wall west of Summit Station, and expressed concern about the state of repair of the infrastructure on that line and the Morristown Line. Robert M. Lavell, Vice-President and General Manager for Rail Operations at NJ Transit, requested the opportunity to respond. He told us:

 

“The debris was an electrical box on the wall and not the concrete. We did do the scaling of the wall, we had an engineering consultant onboard to assist further documented inspections. We have 30 inspections scheduled of the wall. New Jersey Transit is continuing to advance the Summit Interlocking project that will allow us to further remediate the wall. The wall is safe and we will continue to ensure that it stays that way.”