The Atlantic City Rail Line runs millions of commuter passengers from Philadelphia to Atlantic City each year. Or, at least, it did run them back and forth up until September of 2018. That’s when it shut down to install updated safety equipment as mandated by federal transportation rules. At that time, New Jersey Transit apologized for the inconvenience, telling the public that they expected to open back up in early 2019. When the new year came, they announced a push back to March before reopening. Now, they don’t expect to reopen the line to the public until June 2019. As you can imagine, commuters are not happy.
Atlantic City Rail Line News
Past Atlantic City Rail Line riders voiced their concerns about the reopening delay at a recent NJ Transit board meeting. Not only is the prolonged closure inconvenient, but it also costs the commuters more time and money to work around it. Many relied on the line to get them to their jobs and back home. Now, they have to transfer several times and take other unreliable means of transportation to get back and forth to work. This has put a huge strain on their finances. The lack of transparency from NJ Transit has created a rift between NJT and the public. And people want answers…now. Even New Jersey congressional delegates are demanding that NJ Transit be more transparent in their dealings with the work on the Atlantic City Rail Line.
Where Can You Attend a NJ Transit Public Meeting?
Want to tell your story about how the reopening delay of the Atlantic City Rail Line has affected you? Several NJ Transit public meetings have been set up around New Jersey in the upcoming weeks.
- Atlantic City – February 21st, 6 pm, Atlantic City Convention Center
- Cherry Hill – February 27th, 6 pm, 820 Mercer St
- Morristown – March 11th, 6 pm, Morristown Municipal Building (50 Woodland Ave)
- Princeton – February 19th, 6 pm, Princeton Rail Station, University Place
- Somerville – March 6th, 6:30 pm, Urban Dr and Division St
- Westfield – March 6th, 5 pm, South & Summit Ave