To Ease Problems, NJ Transit Teaches Students To Drive Trains

January 20, 2019 - 3:29 pm

NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) – There’s a plan to ease problems on NJ Transit and it’s relatively low-tech: the agency has hired more people to run the trains.

Gov. Phil Murphy toured an NJ Transit facility, where six classes of engineers were being trained to help restore staffing levels.

Students from four classes will be running trains by the end of the year.

“Properly staffed rail means fewer unscheduled cancelations,” Murphy said.

That should be good news for riders, though cancellations have been the result not just of staffing, but positive train control, which is still being installed and tested.

DOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez Scaccetti says repairing the system doesn’t involve “flicking a switch.”   

“We still have a number of vehicles that have to be outfitted with PTC, so hopefully it’s an incremental increase in cars you see,” she said.