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Rockland Commuters Say NJT Service So Bad, They Should Be Exempt From Fare Hike

December 13, 2018 - 8:55 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Some NJ Transit riders in Rockland say their service is so bad, they should be exempt from a fare hike.

There is an MTA fare hearing Thursday night at the Palisades Center Mall, and you can bet most of the gripes will be about NJT and the chronic last-minute cancellation of trains due to the installation of positive train control emergency braking equipment, WCBS 880's Sean Adams reported.

On the Pascack Valley Line, two of four express trains were lost this year due to the PTC work and now commuters complain the other express trains are sometimes canceled as well.

"They've been canceling a lot, which makes trains behind it even more crowded. They are crowded to begin with," said commuter Patrick Brennan.

"It's an adventure every day," said commuter Neil Cosgrove. "You just stand here - every announcement -- everyone just stops and thinks it's going to be another cancellation."

Riders say they can't count on NJT. MTA board member Randy Gluxman knows this first hand.

"Monday, I was headed to the committee meetings and to MTA headquarters and my train was canceled. We all had to pile on another second train, which of course became very crowded as it went and they did all these 13 additional stops."

NJ Transit says it is trying to minimize disruptions as it braces to meet a year end deadline to install PTC.

At tonight's fare hearing, the county executive will demand an exception from a fare hike west of the Hudson and a 10 percent discount while PTC work continues, Adams reported.