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NJ TRANSIT CONTINUES TO ADVANCE POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL PROGRAM
NEWARK, NJ -- NJ TRANSIT continues the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment on its rail fleet throughout the state. To accommodate this critical safety upgrade, all service on the Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL) will be temporarily suspended beginning Wednesday September 5th, and off-peak one-seat Raritan Valley Line (RVL) service, will be temporarily suspended beginning Monday September 10th. It is anticipated that these services will resume in early 2019. Throughout this time period, ACRL customers will have alternate travel options with discounted fares to and from Philadelphia. This temporary suspension is required for PTC installation to continue on rail cars and on the railroad right-of-way.
“We regret the inconvenience this will cause our customers on the RVL and ACRL. That’s why we’ve maintained the same level of RVL service to/from Penn Station New York with connections at Newark Penn, and are offering a range of options with discounted fares to and from Philadelphia to continue meeting the travel needs of our ACRL customers,’’ said Executive Director Kevin Corbett.
“We have made substantial progress on our PTC project and we're continuing to ramp up installation - in fact, our PTC project completion percentage has increased from 13% to 52% in the last three months alone. As we push to complete PTC installation, I ask for customers’ patience during this process as the end result is a safer railroad for everyone.”
Raritan Valley Line
- Off-peak, one-seat rides on the RVL to Penn Station New York will be temporarily discontinued beginning Monday September 10th.
- It is important to note that RVL customers will be receiving the same level of service to/from Penn Station New York, but they will be required to transfer to/from New York trains at Newark Penn Station.
During the Atlantic City Rail Line temporary suspension, customers will have the following travel options.
Atlantic City Rail Line
- All ACRL rail tickets and passes with a destination or origin of Philadelphia will be discounted 25%. These rail tickets and passes will be cross-honored on NJT bus route No. 554, PATCO (Lindenwold, Walter Rand Transportation Center (WRTC) and 8th St./Market St. only), River LINE (Pennsauken to WRTC only), and special shuttle bus service operating between Cherry Hill, Pennsauken and WRTC.
Bus Route No. 554 will cross-honor rail tickets and passes and provide hourly serve to/from all rail stations between Atlantic City and Lindenwold.
- PATCO will cross-honor rail tickets and passes with an origin or destination of Philadelphia at Lindenwold, WRTC in Camden and 8th St./Market St. in Philadelphia for service to/from Philadelphia. Customers must have a rail ticket or pass with a Philadelphia origin or destination for travel on PATCO at no additional charge.
- Shuttle bus service will be provided between Cherry Hill, Pennsauken and WRTC for connections to PATCO. Customers should display their rail tickets and passes to board the shuttle bus and retain them for cross-honoring on PATCO.
- River LINE will cross-honor rail tickets and passes between Pennsauken and WRTC for connections to PATCO. Customers should retain their rail tickets and passes for cross honoring on PATCO.
- ACRL customers utilizing PATCO to/from Philadelphia will not have service to/from 30th Street station in Philadelphia. Customers will board/exit PATCO at the 8th St./Market St. Station in Philadelphia.
- The Atlantic City Rail Line and nearby parking area will remain open during this temporary suspension.
- Customers in Atlantic City will not use the Atlantic City Rail Terminal. All customers should utilize the Atlantic City Bus Terminal for service on bus route No. 554, which will arrive/depart only at the Atlantic City Bus Terminal.
- Atlantic City casino jitney bus service will not operate to/from the Atlantic City Rail Terminal. This service will relocate to/from the Atlantic City Bus Terminal.
- Temporary Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) will be available at the PATCO 8th St./Market St., station to purchase NJ TRANSIT rail tickets to be cross honored on PATCO.
- Detailed rail and bus schedules will be available in the coming days on njtransit.com.
- Customers utilizing paper tickets should retain those tickets for cross honoring on PATCO.
- Check njtransit.com or news media before starting your trip for service advisories or alerts that may affect your trip.
- Download NJ TRANSIT’s Mobile App for easy access to service information and advisories, ticket purchases via MyTix, real-time train departure status through DepartureVision, real-time or scheduled bus arrivals through MyBus, and other features to assist you during your commute.
- Stay connected during your commute through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Search for rail, bus or light rail-specific Twitter accounts for the best information. While we make every effort to respond to comments posted on our social media channels, we recommend that you contact our Customer Service team directly with critical or time-sensitive issues.
- Twitter: @NJTRANSIT
- Facebook: facebook.com/NJTRANSIT
- YouTube Channel: TheNewJerseyTransit
- If you will be altering your travel pattern during this time, you may want to update your travel alert preferences in your My Transit account. If you do not have a My Transit account and are a frequent traveler on NJ TRANSIT, sign up to receive alerts at njtransit.com/mytransit.
- Purchase round-trip tickets prior to boarding trains, buses or light rail vehicles to speed up your return trip. Tickets are available at ticket vending machines and ticket agent locations at major terminals and stations, as well as through the MyTix feature on NJ TRANSIT’s Mobile App. For more information on MyTix and to set up an account, visit njtransit.com/mytix.
- You can provide feedback to us regarding your travel experience through our Contact Us feature on njtransit.com and our mobile app or call Customer Service at (973) 275-5555.
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