For immediate release: January 18, 2010
Contact: Zoe Baldwin, Kyle Wiswall
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Tri-State Transportation Campaign Statement on NJ Transit Service Cuts
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is concerned by cuts by NJ Transit to nine train runs on the Main/Bergen, Montclair-Boonton, Raritan Valley, and Atlantic City Lines. Without stable funding for NJ Transit from lawmakers in Trenton, these cuts may be the first of many.
NJ Transit has termed these "schedule adjustments," but they are in fact cuts to service that will impact riders' ability to get to and from work, school, and other destinations. While it makes sense for transit agencies to adjust service in response to changes in ridership, such changes must be made deliberately and with input from those affected. We urge NJ Transit to:
Hold public hearings to allow for citizen input. State law requires NJ Transit to hold hearings when "substantial curtailments" of service occur. In the past, NJ Transit has held hearings before service changes that likely affected fewer people than these recent cuts.
Publicly state how many riders will be impacted by these service cuts, and in what way. New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority did so when announcing service cuts last year.
The Campaign urges incoming NJ Transit executive director James Weinstein to take another look at these cuts. We thank State Senator James Whelan for his efforts to save service on the Atlantic City Line.
Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working towards a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. www.tstc.org