O’Scanlon and DiMaso call for immediate action on NJ Transit issues

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso called upon Governor Phil Murphy to do what ever it takes to resolve NJ Transit numerous ongoing issues quickly.

Murphy said at a press conference last week that NJ commuters will likely suffer with substandard service throughout most of 2019, according to northjersey.com.

“Governor Murphy must take expeditious action to address the major issues plaguing NJ Transit,” Senator O’Scanlon said. “I’m calling on the Governor to take whatever action is necessary, whether it’s declaring a State of Emergency, bringing in out-of-state engineers, or any other solution. We must treat this exigent situation with the seriousness that it demands.”

“We have been hearing from numerous constituents about their never-ending arduous encounters with NJ Transit: delays, safety concerns, and the lack of service entirely,” DiMaso continued. “They should not have to pay for a service that fails to meet basic operation standards on a consistent basis.”

“Any and every action needs to be taken to expedite a resolution. We must improve the rider experience. Continuing to cancel trains, sometimes the same one over and over again, is simply unacceptable,” O’Scanlon added. “NJ Transit must release clarified schedules that we know we can stick to, and stop regularly cancelling trains or converting express trains to local trains, which both adds severe delays and piles too many people into deficient space. If at all possible we should add more double-decker trains to high volume lines, such as the coast line. Our commuters have waited entirely too long for these remedies.”

“We, along with our constituents, have been extraordinarily patient while giving the administration a very fair amount of time to resolve these challenges. However, that time has long since passed. We must focus on getting major lines right, before opening lesser-used lines. Our constituents cannot, and should not, have to wait any longer for a resolution.” DiMaso said.

O’Scanlon and DiMaso’s remarks echo those of Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick who while speaking in Summit called on Murphy to declare a State of Emergency, take over the trains and bring in outside engineers.


Posted: January 23rd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

One Comment on “O’Scanlon and DiMaso call for immediate action on NJ Transit issues”

  1. How about said at 12:36 pm on January 24th, 2019:

    demanding a full audit of the entire operating budgets of that agency? How about demanding a maintenance / replacement schedule, and that nobody- especially the bosses-gets raises, until they do a better job on maintaining the whole system? How about a well-publicized road trip, (paid for by the GOP, not taxpayers,) to several states, that seem much more competent at providing decent transit systems? Ever ride the New Mexico Road Runner trains? Ever ride the Marta trains in Atlanta? Even the DC Metro is better. ( avoid the NYC subways, which are increasingly, largely filthy, embarrassing and third- world!) Calling on Dems to do something, anything, when we have so few people down there, to make anything really happen, won’t cut it. They can just ignore us, or laugh. Barring a concerted effort to rally those who are most inconvenienced by an unreliable, broken system, the commuters, I do not see any marked improvements, on the horizon. We are pretty much stuck with untimely, old, ugly, nearly-obsolete equipment, and higher fares, with little improvements to show for it.