NJ Transit to cut rail service

(AP) - NJ Transit rail riders will soon have fewer trains.

The nation's third-largest provider of bus, rail and light rail transit plans to cut at least two trains from each line beginning May 23.

NJ Transit's 270,000 daily train commuters might find cars more crowded and a longer wait. The service cutbacks come after NJ Transit raised fares earlier this month to offset a budget gap.

Executive director James Weinstein says there was a 2.6 percent drop-off in bus, rail and light rail passengers in the first week of the fare hike. Officials had anticipated a drop in ridership of up to 5 percent.

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