In accordance with Requesting Access to Government Records Under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.):
All government records are subject to public access under OPRA, unless specifically exempt.
A request for access to a government record under OPRA must be in writing, hand-delivered, mailed, transmitted electronically, or otherwise conveyed to the Custodian of Records. The seven (7) business day response time does not commence until the records custodian receives the request. Any other officer or employee of NJ TRANSIT does not have the authority to accept your request on behalf of NJ TRANSIT and will direct you to the Custodian of Records.
If it is necessary for the records custodian to contact you concerning your request, identifying information, such as your name, address and telephone number or an e-mail address is required. Where contact is not necessary, anonymous requests are permitted; except that anonymous requests for personal information are not honored.
The fees for duplication of a government record in printed form are listed on the front of this form. We will notify you of any special service charges or other additional charges authorized by State law or regulation before processing your request. Payment shall be made by cash, check or money order payable to NJ TRANSIT.
You may be charged a 50 percent or other deposit when a request for copies exceeds $25.00. NJ TRANSIT's custodian will contact you and advise you of any deposit requirements. You agree to pay the balance due upon delivery of the records. Anonymous requests require a deposit of 100 percent of estimated fees.
Under OPRA, a custodian must deny access to a person who has been convicted of an indictable offense in New Jersey, any other state, or the United States, and who is seeking government records containing personal information pertaining to the person's victim or the victim's family. This includes anonymous requests for said information.
By law, NJ TRANSIT must notify you that it grants or denies a request for access to government records within seven (7) business days after the agency custodian of records receives the request. If the record requested is not currently available or is in storage, the custodian will advise you within seven (7) business days after receipt of the request when the record can be made available and the estimated cost for reproduction.
You may be denied access to a government record if your request would substantially disrupt agency operations and the custodian is unable to reach a reasonable solution with you.
If NJ TRANSIT is unable to comply with your request for access to a government record, the custodian will indicate the reasons for denial in writing.
Except as otherwise provided by law or by agreement with the requester, if the agency custodian of records fails to respond to you within seven (7) business days of receiving a request, the failure to respond is a deemed denial of your request.
If your request for access to a government record has been denied or unfilled within the seven (7) business days required by law, you have a right to challenge the decision by NJ TRANSIT to deny access. At your option, you may either institute a proceeding in the Superior Court of New Jersey or file a complaint with the Government Records Council ("GRC") by completing the Denial of Access Complaint Form. You may contact the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at PO Box 819, Trenton, NJ 08625, by e-mail at email@example.com
, or at their web site at www.state.nj.us/grc. The Council can also answer other questions about the law. All questions regarding complaints filed in Superior Court should be directed to the Court Clerk in your County.
Information provided on this form may be subject to disclosure under the Open Public Records Act.
The contact information for the NJ TRANSIT Custodian of Records is as follows:
Official Custodian of Records
NJ TRANSIT - 9th Floor
One Penn Plaza East
Newark, NJ 07105-2246