Riders Facing Service Changes As NJ TRANSIT Works To Speed Up Installation Of Safety System

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

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Starting next month, NJ TRANSIT riders will have to deal with schedule and other changes as service is reduced for months to speed up installation of a new safety system.

NJ TRANSIT is supposed to have a crash prevention system, called positive train control, installed on all of its trains by the end of the year.

The federal government mandated the system on all commuter trains by Dec. 31. But through the end of 2017, NJ TRANSIT reported it had only 35 of 440 locomotives equipped with the system and hadn’t finished installation on any of its 11 track routes.

Last week, the Federal Railroad Administration sent a letter expressing concern that NJ TRANSIT would miss the deadline to install the system.

That means NJ TRANSIT will have to reduce service as it works to install the system on its tracks and cars, mostly impacting customers

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