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Spencer Platt / Staff

NJ Transit Says No Resource Sharing Agreement With Metro-North

May 03, 2019 - 4:20 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A deal was in the works for Metro-North Railroad to hand over some of its engineers to NJ Transit to help out with a shortage on trains west of the Hudson.

But that deal is no more, WCBS 880's Peter Haskell reports.

The sharing of resources could have helped alleviate chronic cancellations along the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines on NJ Transit.

While NJ Transit has a shortage of engineers, Metro-North has a surplus.

It sounded like a plan that would work for both railroads, but the head of NJT's engineers union is giving the plan a thumbs down, Haskell reported. 

Earlier, the Journal News reported that Metro-North is willing to have six of its engineers work regular shifts along the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines.

However, NJ Transit told Haskell there is no agreement.

Last year there were 260 cancelled trains west of the Hudson.

NJT is graduating 12 new engineers next week, Haskell reported.