NJ Transit to Restore Essential Rail Service in Time for Summer as Ridership Rises – NBC10 Philadelphia

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  • NJ Transit announced the restoration of dozens of trains just in time for the summer season and due to increased ridership for customers due to the continued economic reopening.
  • “Overall, these improvements include the restoration of almost 60 trains, just in time for the summer and as we are seeing a steady increase in the number of riders returning to the system,” said Kevin Corbett, CEO of NJ Transit.
  • Corbett also announced that NJ Transit had assembled a full roster of train engineers, effectively alleviating the understaffing that had plagued the agency for some time and resulted in a number of canceled trains and subsequent delays.

NJ Transit announced the restoration of dozens of trains just in time for the summer season and due to increased ridership for customers due to the continued economic reopening.

“We are truly proud to announce … a significant set of rail schedule improvements that provide our customers with greater frequency and travel options as we emerge from the pandemic,” said Kevin Corbett, CEO by NJ Transit. “Overall, these improvements include the restoration of almost 60 trains, just in time for the summer and as we see a steady increase in the number of riders returning to the system. “

Starting Sunday, NJ Transit will add 12 new trains to the Coast Line offering six additional round trips between Bayhead and Long Branch Station.

“The additional rail service will also breathe life into communities along the coast, making it much easier for customers to get to where they want to go and for economic activity,” Corbett said.

NJ Transit will also restore full weekend service to the Gladstone branch line with the reinstatement of 39 trains and effectively end replacement buses on this line. Three trains will be restored on the Raritan Valley Line to and from Newark Penn Station.

Governor Murphy hopes to alleviate some of the train pain on NJ Transit by hiring and training more engineers. Brian Thompson reports.

In addition, NJ Transit will also return four trains to and from New York Penn Station on the Northeast Corridor Line.

Corbett also announced that NJ Transit had assembled a full roster of train engineers, effectively alleviating the understaffing that had plagued the agency for some time and resulted in a number of canceled trains and subsequent delays.

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