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NJ TRANSIT Cutting Rail Service To Install Positive Train Control

May 22, 2018 - 8:10 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- NJ TRANSIT commuters can expect crowding, cancellations and delays as the agency scales back rail service in less than two weeks on thousands of trains to install positive train control.

The agency is planning to cut service on several lines for months starting June 4 as it works to meet the federal deadline to get the safety equipment in place.

The head of NJ TRANSIT will meet with commuters at Penn Station to talk about the plan from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

“NJ TRANSIT understands that any change to the train schedule has an impact on the travel patterns of our customers,’’ said Executive Director Kevin Corbett. “We are doing everything in our power to install this important safety technology as quickly as possible.  I ask for customers’ patience during this process as the end result is a safer railroad for everyone.”  

WCBS 880's Sean Adams spoke with some rail riders in the morning about their concerns.

"I'd tell him to get the trains running right," one commuter said. "Listen to your customers, don't skimp on their safety."

"I think they need to adhere to the time schedule a little bit better and they need to keep the trains cleaner they're pretty filthy at times," another said. 

Positive train control can slow or stop a train headed for a collision or derailment.

Regular service will resume early next year.