So NJ Transit has come out with their proposed service cuts. And of course the orange-headed stepchild that is the Raritan Valley line arguably gets it the worst.
Raritan Valley Line
- The following trains would be discontinued:
- Weekday train 5724 (7:19 a.m. departure from High Bridge)
- Weekday train 5903 (4:55 p.m. departure from Newark Penn)
- Approximately 900 customers impacted.
900 people affected…that’s not bad?
Consider now that there is no train leaving Newark Penn to these parts between 4:30 and 5:13 – the beginning of the evening rush.
Consider that we also lose a peak train in the morning. Granted, the 8:24 is not earth-shaking, but it got you in before 9:30.
Consider now that other lines have been affected to the following levels:
Pascack Valley – 330 affected.
Atlantic City – 100 weekday customers affected
Main Line/ Bergen – 400 affected
Morris and Essex (a much bigger line) – 1000 affected.
Jersey Coast (a much bigger line) – 1000 but no trains affected leaving NY at rush hour.
Montclair-Boonton – a whole 150 affected!
Northeast Corridor – a much, much, bigger line, with 1 train from NYC eliminated at evening rush – 2700 affected.
Sound fair to you?