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Lawmakers Put Pressure On NJ TRANSIT As Rockland Commuters Deal With Service Cuts

June 06, 2018 - 10:22 am

NANUET, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Sen. Charles Schumer is joining Congresswoman Nita Lowey going to bat for Rockland County commuters who rely on the Pascack Valley Line.

NJ TRANSIT has cut back service as it races to install positive train control -- a critical safety upgrade mandated by Congress a decade ago. The deadline is the end of the year.

On the single-track Pascack Valley Line, which already had limited service, that means the loss of two express trains -- one in the morning, one in the evening.

Commuters are upset. 

"Well, it makes the commute longer, it makes it a tough commute, plus the trains are full and packed because now you're putting two full trains onto one train, so it makes it tough," one commuter said.

Also cut back, the mid-afternoon train on Fridays that catered to Rockland's Orthodox Jewish population headed home for Sabbath.

Schumer and Lowey want NJT to reassess.

Lowey said the railroad has had a decade to get the work done and it's not fair that commuters have to suffer because of NJT's delays.