NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein resigns amid controversy

EDISON - NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein has announced that he is stepping down. Weinstein informed employees in a letter Tuesday that he has submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Chris Christie and will leave March 2.

Weinstein, who held the position for four years, oversaw several projects that expanded the reach of NJ Transit, the third largest transit agency in the country.

The resignation comes just weeks after ridership for the Super Bowl was miscalculated, causing massive crowds and major delays. And many still remember his decision to leave rail cars in low-lying train yards during Sandy. They were flooded, causing more than $100 million in damage.  

Regular rail riders say it's their day-to-day activity, that matters most. "I think always keeping things on time will keep commuters happy on a day-to-day basis," says Matt Myers, of Westfield. "Those are the people you need to accommodate moving forward."

Passengers hope the next person in charge will focus more on them.

The current head of the Turnpike Authority, Ronnie Hakim, will take over at NJ Transit. She will be replaced by the current deputy commissioner at the DOT.

Before heading NJ Transit, Weinstein was state transportation commissioner and then vice president of a transportation consulting firm.

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