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Government shutdown impacting relaunch of NJ TRANSIT rail lines

Posted on January 23, 2019

Some transit advocates questioned why NJ TRANSIT hasn’t resumed the rail service that doesn’t need FRA approval.
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Some transit advocates questioned why NJ TRANSIT hasn’t resumed the rail service that doesn’t need FRA approval.
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NEWARK, N.J. — NJ Advance Media reports that while Gov. Phil Murphy has pledged that service on NJ TRANSIT’s Atlantic City Rail Line, which has been shut down since September, will resume, the ongoing federal government shutdown makes it hard for the agency to predict when that will happen.

Atlantic City Line, Princeton Shuttle, and direct Raritan Valley Line service has been shut down for four months while PTC installation was completed. Now that the Dec. 31, 2018, deadline to do the first phase of that work has been met, commuters are demanding they get trains back, however, NJ TRANSIT needs FRA approval to reboot the service.

Some transit advocates questioned why NJ TRANSIT hasn’t resumed the rail service that doesn’t need FRA approval. They also said the current systemwide 10% fare discount should be extended as long as service remains suspended. For the full story, click here.

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