Progress continues on the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment on NJ TRANSIT’s rail fleet to meet federal year-end milestones, requiring NJ TRANSIT to make a final set of rail service adjustments.
The temporary discontinuation of some trains and modified times and origin/destination points are necessary to accommodate the installation of PTC hardware on additional locomotives and cab control cars.
0% Rail Discount During Adjustments to Advance Positive Train Control
“Our customers will always be our first priority, and their experience must be safe and consistent. We thoughtfully reviewed all trains that are part of this adjustment and found the most reasonable alternatives,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Kevin Corbett.
To proactively address the potential service adjustment impacts, NJ TRANSIT will offer a 10-percent discount on all NJ TRANSIT rail tickets and passes for travel in November, December and January while the mandated hardware installation is completed. The ten-percent discount applies to NJ TRANSIT rail service only and does not apply to Metro-North service.
Beginning Sunday, October 14th, select trains will be temporarily discontinued or have changes of origin/destination. This will impact customers along the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, Morris & Essex Lines, Montclair-Boonton, and Main and Bergen County Lines. Other trains throughout the system will have schedule and/or station stop adjustments. These schedule adjustments are temporary, and we anticipate beginning to restore regular service in mid-January 2019.
“As a daily rail commuter myself, I fully understand the impact this has on people’s lives,’’ said Executive Director Corbett. “ That’s why I thought it was so important to offer the 10% discount to our loyal rail customers. I’m pleased to report that we have made substantial progress on PTC, having gone from just 12% complete to more than 66% complete in the last seven months alone. Further adjustments are necessary as we continue to accelerate the installation schedule. Failure to meet the federal requirements by December 31st is not an option.”
Please visit njtransit.com/ptc for project updates and a complete list of service adjustments by rail line.
Important Note: Customers are strongly encouraged to view the full rail timetables on njtransit.com for all travel options as schedule adjustments, including departure/arrival times and station stops, will be made throughout the system. Schedules will be available online later this month.
**All train numbers and times noted below are listed as they will appear on October 14. New schedules will be available online by the end of September**