The New Jersey Transit suffered another major delay on Friday, upsetting thousands of commuters and causing problems for a week that would mark the descent from one of the country 's best commuter railways into one of the country' s most troubled states and pressure on the country Governor, who had pressurized the governor, symbolized revival of the railroad a priority after taking office this year.

In the morning, an Amtrak car was derailed in one of two single-lane tunnels under the Hudson River between Pennsylvania Station and New Jersey, officials said. No injuries were reported but the impact on commuting was significant.

Amtrak said there would be delays of up to an hour for the commuter trains that share Penn Station with Amtrak.

For the drivers of New Jersey Transit, the country's second busiest railroad station, this has become a well-known refrain, and this week's particularly bleak series has increased political influence on Gov. Philip D. Murphy, a Democrat who called the transit system "national shame" when he ran for governor last year.

After inheriting a system that had gone through years of disinvestment and poor management, Mr. Murphy vowed to reverse things. "Governor Murphy knows that nothing is more important to rebuilding the economy of New Jersey than turning around New Jersey Transit, and he remains fully committed," said Mr. Murphy spokesman Dan Bryan.

But many drivers say the railroad is as unreliable as never before.

The derailment meant that the week ended as it began, and the commuters of New Jersey Transit suffered:

• On Monday, a shortage of engineers forced the cancellation of a train from Manhattan. His passengers crowded into a later train.

This train crashed on a bridge near Newark, and the narrow passengers stayed in dark cars for more than an hour without air conditioning.

Mr. Kean said he was worried that the decline of New Jersey Transit would hurt the state's economy, which would cause people to vote for New York or Connecticut if they were looking for suburban homes in the region.

"It's already having an impact on the state economy," he said. "If your transportation infrastructure is insecure, it makes a difference when a person tries to decide where to find their family."

Mr. Bryan accepted Mr. Kean's criticism.

"Due to years of inadequate investment and mismanagement," Bryan Bryan said in a statement, "in the years Senator Kean has been silent, New Jersey Transit has come a long way to becoming a world-class transportation agency."


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