Press Release: NJ Transit Service Disruption During Summer 2017
NJ Transit’s “Modified Service Plan” due to track repairs at New York Penn Station, goes into effect on July 10th. This repair work will have a direct and significant impact on the commuters of Millburn Township as all Morris and Essex trains will be diverted to Hoboken. This work is expected to last until September 1, 2017.
Yesterday, Deputy Mayor Jodi Rosenberg, along with other community leaders on the Morris and Essex line, went to NJ Transit’s headquarters in Newark to demand equality in the distribution of this disruption and inconvenience to the citizens of Millburn Township. None of the community leaders were consulted about this disruption and received no prior notification other than the public announcement by Governor Christie on May 23, 2017. Despite the fact that Deputy Mayor Rosenberg was joined by Governor Codey and Assemblyman John McKeon and the Mayors of South Orange, Maplewood, Orange, East Orange and Livingston, NJ Transit refused any meeting with the delegation.
Today, Deputy Mayor Rosenberg is attending a public legislative hearing with the New Jersey Joint Senate Legislative Oversight and Assembly Judiciary Committees where the stakeholders will be permitted to testify on the impact of this disruption to their constituents. She is there to advocate for greater equality in the distribution of these impacts, as the impact does not appear to be spread equally throughout New Jersey Transit’s customers. The Township is demanding clear information and further detail on alternative commuting options available to residents.
Deputy Mayor Rosenberg reported that NJ Transit’s Executive Director, Steven Santoro, acknowledged that he knew there was a delegation waiting in his lobby yesterday but decided today’s hearing was the appropriate forum to publicly address the matter. Senator Loretta Weinberg asked the Committee to issue a letter to NJ Transit’s board demanding an apology for leaving the public officials waiting without being seen. Assemblyman McKeon indicated that the community leaders do not want an apology—they want relief for their constituents.
We will continue to update our residents and commuters as additional information becomes available.