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Positive Train Control Testing Blamed For Cancellations, Crowding On NJ TRANSIT

August 02, 2018 - 9:30 am

PEARL RIVER, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- NJ TRANSIT riders continue to face cancellations due to testing of positive train control.

Two months ago, NJ TRANSIT scaled back service due to installation of the emergency braking system. Testing and crews absences have caused further cancellations recently.

As a result, riders have been enduring fewer trains and more crowding.

"This is just ridiculous," one rider said.

"They don't have any redundancy built in, you know, if you lose a train, that's it, done, sorry," another rider said.

Another commuter said trains are standing-room only every day.

"For the money we're paying, this is abusive," one rider said.

There was a cancelled train on the Pascack Valley Line Thursday morning a day after trains on the Raritan Valley, Montclair Boonton, Pascack Valley and Morris and Essex lines were scratched from Wednesday morning's rush.

NJ TRANSIT says it is addressing the crew shortage, training new engineers but that process could take up to 20 months.

The installation of positive train control could stretch another two years.

Commuters fear cancellations will drag on.