Safety and management of New Jersey Transit under fire

The safety and management of New Jersey Transit will be the focus during a state Legislature hearing.

The safety and management of New Jersey Transit will be the focus during a state Legislature hearing.

The safety and management of New Jersey Transit will be the focus during a state Legislature hearing. (10/14/16)

TRENTON - State lawmakers are questioning the safety and leadership of New Jersey Transit following last month's train derailment in Hoboken.

The state Legislature announced it is holding an investigative hearing next Friday to make sure the agency is on track. Lawmakers want to know why the agency hasn't moved faster on installing automatic brakes, which would have prevented crashes like the one in Hoboken.

"This didn't break overnight, it's been breaking for quite some time and now it's time for us to fix it," says Sen. Steve Sweeney.

Sen. Bob Gordon says he believes NJT officials want to do a good job, but haven't had the resources to work with. That concern is echoed by mass transit advocates, who will be asked to testify at the hearing.

"It's extremely dire. NJ Transit's capital budget and operating budget are on life support," says Janna Chernetz, an advocate for Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

Next week's hearing is expected to be the first of a series of probes into NJT.

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