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Commuter Relief Plan on the Way
Governor Phil Murphy, Acting Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chairperson Diane Guitierrez-Scaccetti and Executive Director Kevin Corbett recently outlined a Commuter Relief Plan that addresses railcar shortages, increases the availability of replacement parts and accelerates hiring of frontline employees. The new initiatives are designed to relieve overcrowding and increase service reliability.
"These are the changes that we can take today to begin to alleviate the constant stress and anxiety experienced by NJ TRANSIT riders associated with catching their trains," said Governor Murphy.
NJ TRANSIT has experienced rail equipment shortages due to a number of issues, including the availability of long-lead and custom-manufactured replacement parts, and the ongoing installation of Positive Train Control (PTC), resulting in trains operating with fewer cars and crowding conditions.
Twenty cars awaiting upgrades are being returned to service to provide additional seating capacity. NJ TRANSIT is also finalizing an agreement to lease railcars from a regional transit provider. Additionally:
- Regular inspections by NJ TRANSIT rail maintenance workers will be accelerated by outsourcing some repair work.
- Inspection scheduling will be adjusted to maximize the availability of the rail fleet.
- NJ TRANSIT is meeting with parts suppliers to explore incentives and other options to reduce ordering lead times, while also increasing the inventory of known long-lead parts.
- Hiring is being accelerated, pre-employment testing is being held more frequently, and candidate pool sizes will be increasing for skilled maintenance and operations employees.
NJ TRANSIT also will retain outside professional services to assist Rail Operations in evaluating internal processes to monitor and manage equipment levels needed for service.
Additional enhancements are planned for all customers. Thank you for your patience as we work to improve your commute!