Brief delays for NJ rail commuters during first day of GOP Convention

Over the next four days, New Jersey commuters to Manhattan can expect to endure some delays and heavier security during the Republican National Convention.

If you commute on a NJ Transit train, you'll notice that most bathrooms will be locked. Officers will be checking trains before they leave the Garden State; riders won't be able to use the overhead luggage racks, and trash bins will be sealed.

Rail commuters, their ranks depleted by many apparently taking their summer vacations, faced brief delays and minor inconveniences Monday because of security checks.

NJ Transit noted a 40 percent ridership decrease on lines heading to New York, and a 50 percent decrease on lines headed to Hoboken, which this week includes the Midtown Direct line, an agency spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, New Jersey State Police say they're working harder to maintain safety during the convention. State Police have four command centers set up around the state, with some locations kept secret.

In addition to the command posts in New Jersey, at least one state trooper will be stationed at each of the command centers in New York.

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