TRENTON, NJ - Transportation officials and state lawmakers will visit Somerville and several other New Jersey communities beginning Feb. 19 to discuss one-seat rides to NYC Penn Station, restoration of suspended service and respond to other concerns and issues commuters face.

Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee Chairman Daniel Benson and Vice Chairwoman Patricia Egan Jones invites residents to join legislators and New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti for the public meetings which will be held at several New Jersey Transit rail stations around the state.

Officials will visit the NJ Transit Somerville station on Urban Drive at the foot of Division Street on March 6 at 6:30 p.m.

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“The public deserves answers and better communications on progress to restoration of an acceptable level of service. As a request of our Committee, we hope the Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT use these opportunities to not only truly listen to riders experience but use them to inform their action to resolve the continuing problems facing this agency,” said Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex).

“I am pleased that the Department of Transportation and NJ Transit are willing to come together and inform commuters about the much-needed resumption of these critical rail lines,” said Vice-Chair Assemblywoman Jones (D-Camden, Gloucester). “Riders have far too long been kept in the dark about when they should expect to see a return to normal service, and this move toward transparency is a step in the right direction.”

In addition to Somerville, the meeting schedule includes: 

Princeton Rail Station (Dinky Station), Feb. 19, 6 p.m., University Place, 1 block north of Alexander Road, Princeton;

Atlantic City, Feb. 21, 6 p.m.,1 Atlantic City Expressway Atlantic City;

Cherry Hill, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m., 820 Mercer St., Cherry Hill;

Westfield, March 6, 5 p.m., South Avenue and Summit Avenue, Westfield;

Morristown, March 11, 6 p.m., Morristown Municipal Building, 50 Woodland Ave., Morristown.

No registration is necessary for any of the forums; Contact NJ TRANSIT at 973-275-5555, (press 4) with any questions..