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Murphy On NJ Transit: 'If It Kills Me, We’ll Fix It'

June 24, 2019 - 7:30 pm

TRENTON (WCBS 880) — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday insisted that New Jersey Transit is improving, the only problem is that not everyone is feeling the effects yet.

“We’re fixing NJ transit. If it kills me, we’ll fix it – it might, by the way,” Murphy told reporters.

As WCBS 880’s Kevin Rincon reported, performance numbers do show signs of improvement, but there are still some major issues plaguing the agency, including an engineer shortage.

Last summer was miserable for NJ Transit riders because there weren’t enough engineers to cover for those who took vacations or called out sick. Problems could continue this year, but it shouldn’t be as bad as at least one class of engineers graduated in May.

Meanwhile, Amtrak tunnel work at Penn Station continues to cause issues for NJ Transit riders. In fact, as work continues, commuters who travel on the Montclair-Boonton and North Jersey Coast lines will be forced to get off at Hoboken in order to continue their commute into Manhattan by using the PATH train or finding another alternative.

Still, Murphy vows to do better.

“We're doing our best with our partners that are outside of our immediate control but we know this summer is going to include dislocations, the long term trend is a very good one it won't get there as fast as people want and the folks are frustrated because their train was late or was cancelled. I don't blame them, I’m frustrated too,” he said.

He notes that when it comes to the engineer shortage, they have six classes currently in session. The class that just graduated is expected to be fully integrated into NJ Transit this fall.