Source: Assembly Republican Press Release
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, praised the decision by NJ Transit to provide commuters along the Raritan Valley Line with a one-seat ride to NY Penn Station beginning in Spring 2014. The decision was announced by NJ Transit Executive Director Jim Weinstein at an August 2 meeting.
“This new NJ Transit service will make for a shorter, smoother commute for thousands of people each day,” said Bateman. “We must continue to do all we can to encourage the use of mass transit in order to ease the burden on our highways and mitigate impact on the environment.”
“While we continue to work on creating a job market in New Jersey whereby our residents won’t have to necessarily commute to New York, the availability of a non-stop, ‘one-seat ride’ to Manhattan in Spring 2014 is a very, very positive development for commuters and great news for the region,” stated Ciattarelli.
“NJ Transit’s decision to facilitate a one-seat ride into New York will not only greatly benefit commuters, it will start to change the conversation for businesses and economic development in New Jersey,” commented Simon. “The hard work of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, NJTPA and many elected officials has turned a dream into a reality. We look forward to continuing our partnership on behalf of our constituents.”
Raritan Valley riders are currently required to transfer in Newark in order to travel into NY Penn Station. Train transit into New York operates under limited capacity, with only 20 slots available for NJ Transit trains to arrive in Penn Station and congestion at line crossover locations does occur. Phase I of a one-seat ride on the Raritan Valley Line will begin in Spring 2014, when NJ Transit will provide dual-powered locomotives for off-peak, before-peak, and after-peak rides into NY Penn Station without a transfer in Newark.