New Jersey Transit trains, light rail return to normal service schedules

New Jersey Transit trains and light rail returned to normal service schedules on Monday as the state’s reopening process continues.

News 12 Staff

Jul 6, 2020, 10:15 AM

Updated 1,387 days ago

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New Jersey Transit trains and light rail returned to normal service schedules on Monday as the state’s reopening process continues.
NJ Transit had been on a weekend schedule for the last few months during the quarantine, but resumed the weekday schedules Monday morning.
“Our ridership on our train is still 90% down from the pre-COVID levels,” says NJ Transit spokesman Jim Smith. “The goal here is to get our system service back to full service and to add that capacity before we see an increase in the ridership.”
There will still be some restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the virus. Train cars can only be filled to 50% capacity and riders and conductors must wear face coverings. Staff will also spend extra time disinfecting the cars and surfaces.
More: Your New Jersey 'We're Open' Photos
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“We are monitoring it on a daily basis to see how many customers there are…and where they’re coming back,” says Smith.
But the reduction in service for nearly four months did come with a price.
“There has been a financial impact to our operations, into the corporation and we did receive more than $1 billion from the federal government in CARES Act money,” says Smith.
NJ Transit officials say that there will no fare increases for the foreseeable future. Staff will also accept cash fares once again.
 


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