Murphy Promises NJ Transit Improvements As More Engineers Are Trained

January 17, 2019 - 3:27 pm

NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) —Things may be looking up for New Jersey Transit riders.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday toured an NJ Transit facility where six classes of engineers are being trained. The railroad hopes to have students from four of those classes operating trains by the end of the year.

“Properly staffed rail means fewer unscheduled cancellations,” the governor said.

The tour took place on a day in which NJ Transit did not have to cancel any trains during the morning rush, which Murphy hopes will become the new normal.

Recently, the railroad has been plagued with issues as it scrambled to meet the federally mandated deadline to install positive train control and deal with an engineer shortage.

“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,” said Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.

PTC inspections will also continue throughout 2019.

During his tour, Murphy also announced that he has plans to allocate more money in his 2020 fiscal budget for NJ Transit.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, he also drove a bus simulator, which he admitted to crashing.