SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – After four consecutive days of major delays for New Jersey commuters, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick joined fellow legislators Sen. Tom Kean, and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz in demanding answers from Amtrak. The Republicans believe Amtrak has failed to keep part of its obligations to NJ Transit and to commuters.
“People need to get to work, but every day this week there has been trouble. It is aggravating and unacceptable,” said Bramnick (D-21), whose law office is located on Second Street in Scotch Plains. “It costs money and productivity when hard working New Jersey residents can’t get to their jobs.
"Commuters want to know what’s happening and why it is happening," Bramnick continued. "We’re not getting what we’ve paid for, and we’re looking for answers.”
"The infrastructure hasn't been upgraded, and the rail lines are suffering from years of minimal upkeep," said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, head of the Mayor's Coalition for the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition. "This has been no real investment along the rail lines; the equipment is decades old."
"Our community is tied into Manhattan, it really impacts us," Mahr added. "You can't raise rates across the board by 9 percent and have service that is so poor. It is unacceptable."
Mahr fears that people may start to weigh driving as an option.
"Our roads are in no better shape. Overall, we're not investing enough in our transportation system."