NJ Transit holds public meeting as another train stalls

NJ Transit was holding a public meeting Tuesday morning when yet another one of its trains stalled outside New York.

NJ Transit was holding a public meeting Tuesday morning when yet another one of its trains stalled outside New York. (4/19/17)

NEWARK - NJ Transit held a public meeting Tuesday morning in Newark after another one of its trains stalled outside New York.

While the disabled train did not have a major impact, commuters did have delays of at least 30 minutes.

One transit rider advocate, who attended the public meeting at NJ Transit’s headquarters, raised concerns.

"The time of these meetings is not conducive. If you're commuting, and you work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in New York especially, you can't come to these meetings. You have to lose half a day. That's not going to happen,” transit rider advocate Joseph Clift said.

Clift said he was "one representing many" in expressing the need for NJ Transit to invest in basic maintenance and infrastructure.

He pointed to recent issues, including last Friday when a mechanical failure was blamed for stranding 1,200 passengers for hours in the Hudson River tunnels between New Jersey and New York. The week prior, a stun gun was used on an unruly passenger sent travelers scrambling.

NJ Transit Executive Director Steven Santoro said NJ Transit is now focusing on getting schedule information to commuters as soon as possible.

"We are literally working on ways to try to post revised schedules in a more timely manner, in real -time, and in just a few months, make those incremental improvements,” he said.

State and federal leaders joined Gov. Chris Christie Wednesday afternoon to deliver remarks regarding upgrades to the infrastructure of the Northeast Corridor.

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