November 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – With resumption NJ Transit train service on all but the Gladstone line, area commuters are finally finding it easier to get to work.
Service on the Morris & Essex line that goes through South Orange was suspended after the hurricane struck, forcing commuters to drive into the city, wait in long lines for buses, or find other alternatives.
Mark Rosner, trustee of South Orange Board of Trustees, said he was out of power for eight days and did not commute during those days. He said he tried to work at home, with little battery power.
“I think NJ Transit could have and should have done much more,” Rosner said. “Specifically, they should have added more buses right away to take commuters to Penn station as well as to the Port Authority.”
Kristyn Lyncheski, who takes the train to attend classes at Seton Hall as well as to her internship in the city, said: “When all of the Morris/Essex train line was closed, I wasn't able to get to my internship for almost two weeks. On days when I intern and had class, I ended up doing my internship work from home.”
Jim Weinstein, executive director of NJ Transit, said NJ Transit continues to operate the Route 107 bus, which carries more than 1,000 costumers each morning.
“The week ahead should see progress, but it bears noting that a return to full ‘normalcy’ will still take longer than any of us want,” Weinstein said. “I look forward to the day when full service is restored and we can restart our dialog on the concerns of South Orange commuters regarding the regular evening rail schedule."
The reporters are participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.