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NJ Transit Promises One-Seat Ride After 8 p.m. in January

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(L-R) Somerset Planner Ken Wedeen, Union County Transportation Intern Peter Palmer, Somerset County Freeholder Peter Palmer, Cranford director of Business Development Kathleen Miller Prunty, Union County Transportation Planning Manager Liza Betz, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Sussex County Transportation Planner Tom Drabic
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CRANFORD, NJ - The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition held an open house meeting Monday, with an announcement that one-seat ride will be instituted after 8 p.m. as of January 2015.

NJ Transit began daytime, off-peak direct service to New York along the Raritan Valley in March, and later announced that it would expand the offering to trains after 8 p.m. in November. But on Oct. 8, NJ Transit backtracked and said it did not have the funding in place to begin this next phase of implementation. 

The announcement at the meeting means that the next stage has been only delayed, not eliminated.

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According to a release, the meeting was held to inform commuters and residents about the campaign for an equitable number of one-seat rides into New York City.

"We were very pleased with the turnout," said Somerset County Freeholder Peter Palmer, and chairman of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, in the release. "We were even more pleased with NJ Transit's announcement that they will find the money somehow to institute after 8 p.m. one-seat service as of January 2015. This brings us one step closer to the ultimate goal of one-seat service during peak hours."

Tom Jardim, vice chairman of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, said in an interview with Transportation Radio that every rider along the Raritan Valley Line needs to rally to push legislators and NJ Transit to give riders the complete one-seat ride.

Also attending the meeting were Assemblywoman Linda Stender, Sen. Tom Kean, Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, Union County Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, Union County Freeholder Bruce Bergen, Union County Freeholder Linda Carter, Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky, Somerville Councilwoman Amanda O'Neill, Somerville Councilman Thompson Mitchell and many more.

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