NJ Transit head: Amtrak repairs, improvements will cost New Jersey money

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NJ Transit Executive Director Steven Santoro testifies before the Assembly Budget Committee. NJ Transit Executive Director Steven Santoro testifies before the Assembly Budget Committee.
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The head of New Jersey Transit says that it will cost the state money to move customers to and from New York City during this summer’s Amtrak track repairs.

Executive Director Steven Santoro testified before the Assembly Budget Committee Monday to give details about preparations for the the outages and delays this summer.

Amtrak says that the repairs to its tracks in July and August will necessitate some service outages mostly during the weekend, but some that will take place during the weekday commute. A schedule is still being finalized.

“They’re going to reserve Friday nights for the 55-hour outages,” said Assemblyman Raj Mukherji. “This is going to be a mess.”

NJ Transit told the New York Times that it expects to be charged nearly $800,000 in cross-honoring costs for PATH, NY Waterways and private buses for the five days service was interrupted following the April 3 derailment.

The transit agency is expecting more cross-honoring costs this summer during the Amtrak work.

“It’s going to cost New Jersey money to get our customers across the Hudson River,” Santoro said.

Gov. Chris Christie previously threatened to withhold funding and sue Amtrak over the maintenance of the tracks. Santoro said that NJ Transit is reserving the right to do that depending on the costs it incurs this summer.

NJ Transit does say that it does not anticipate any fare hikes related to the cost of the repairs.

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