WESTFIELD, NJ — A new video created by the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition illustrates the benefits to people along the Raritan Valley train line of a direct, or “one-seat,” ride to and from New York City and advocates for more to be added.

Following years of lobbying, the RVRC convinced NJ Transit to implement a one-seat ride during off-peak hours in March 2014. Nine months later, NJ Transit added a direct service train at 8 p.m.

Because of the added expense of running more trains and limited time slots, NJ Transit has delayed adding more one-seat rides.

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Westfield councilmen Mark LoGrippo and Frank Arena are among those in the video advocating for one-seat rides during weekends and peak hours:

The video encourages viewers to sign a petition for weekend and peak-hour one-seat rides at http://www.raritanvalleyrail.com/petition.