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Lawmakers call for hearings amid NJ Transit cancellations

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After a series of New Jersey Transit cancellations and overcrowding on trains, two lawmakers are calling for legislative hearings.

This news comes after NJ Transit cancelled 17 trains on six lines Monday and on the heels of the news that the Raritan Valley Line to New York City will close and Atlantic City Line will be suspended from Sept. 4 into 2019.

The suspension of service is a result of NJ Transit installing positive train control technology to monitor trains’ speed and location. This technology will activate braking to comply with speed restrictions and territorial limits.

“It is one excuse after another, and while the problems are getting worse Transit hasn’t explained how this mess is going to be fixed,” said Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, R-25th District, and a member of the Assembly Transportation Committee. “We need answers and we will request that the chairman of the Transportation Committee have Transit officials appear before the committee to provide them.”

Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, R-21st District, said commuters depend on NJ Transit to fulfill its commitments and provide adequate service, adding cancellations “upend their entire life.”

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David Hutter

David Hutter

David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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