On September 10, New Jersey Transit’s one-seat ride on the Raritan Valley Line will be temporarily suspended, impacting residents of Union County who use the service. The trains remain but instead of continuing into Penn Station New York, they will terminate in Newark and riders will need to transfer for trains to and from New York City.
Freeholder Bruce Bergen, Chairman of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, and Freeholder Vice Chair Bette Jane Kowalski met with NJ TRANSIT officials in August, when NJ Transit advised the County of the upcoming service change. The suspension of the one-seat ride will last through the end of 2018.
“NJ Transit officials have assured us that the one-seat-ride will be restored early in 2019,” said Freeholder Bergen.
At that time NJ TRANSIT explained the need to temporarily suspend one-seat ride service in order to complete work on the Positive Train Control (PTC) project. This would assist NJ TRANSIT to meet a federal December 31st deadline. The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition representatives were assured the one-seat ride trains would be returned as soon as possible to the December deadline.