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Report: Most NJ Transit Engineers Call In Sick On Weekends

September 03, 2018 - 1:24 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- New Jersey Transit train engineers have a pattern of calling out sick on Mondays, Fridays and weekends.

Hundreds of train cancellations this summer have left NJ Transit riders frustrated.

The Wall Street Journal reports during July and August, on average 31 engineers took unplanned absences on Fridays and Mondays.

The data from NJT shows that rate rose to 33 on Saturdays.

On average, there were 12 cancellations due to engineer shortages on Mondays and 16 on Fridays.

When conductors or ticket collectors take an unplanned absence, NJ Transit can still run trains. But when those who drive the trains call out, the agency must cancel services.

The agency has also cancelled a slew of trains in a rush to meet a federally mandated deadline to install safety equipment by the end of 2018.