TRENTON– State Sen. Nicholas Scutari and Assemblywoman Linda Stender introduced legislation yesterday to urge the New Jersey Transit Corporation to provide a direct trip on the Raritan Valley Line to New York Penn Station.
“Currently, NJ Transit has allotted $340 million towards the use of 35 dual powered engines for use on the Raritan line, but has stated that during peak hours the trains will not be in service,” said Scutari. “The 22,000 commuters on this line make up for 10 percent of riders traveling into New York City, and should be allotted more than off peak times.”
Peak hours are 7-9:30 a.m. into Manhattan and 4-7 p.m. out of Manhattan on weekends.
“The Raritan Valley line is also the only line in New Jersey with an existing track not granted direct access into New York City,” added Stender. “This legislation recognizes the burden for our commuters and pushes New Jersey Transit to create a more effective way to accommodate for the thousands of commuters that are forced to switch trains daily.”
SR-130/AR-211 was introduced on Nov. 18 and referred to the Senate & Assembly Transportation Committees for consideration.
NJ Transit representatives have said that offering Raritan Valley Line customers peak hour “one-seat rides” into New York’s Penn Station faces “logistical challenges,” including the “lack of peak-hour rail capacity.”
Offering Raritan Valley Line customers peak hour direct service into New York may result in reducing the number of rush hour trains operating on the Northeast Corridor and/or North Jersey Coast lines during that time period.
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