Somerset County News

Rail Coalition Meeting to Feature Updates on One Seat Ride, Hudson River Tunnel, Penn Station & Other Projects

NJ Transit Credits: Matt Gould

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ  – There have been many reports on the difficulty of traveling New Jersey Transit lately, but there may be some relief on the way.  

Legislators, elected officials, transportation professionals and the public are invited to the next meeting of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition May 15 at 6 p.m. at the Cranford Community Center.

Somerset County Freeholder Director and RVRC Chairman Peter S. Palmer will summarize the coalition’s 2016-2017 one-seat ride efforts along with a new proposal for adding one new early-evening weekday off-peak one-seat ride train.

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Representatives from NJ Transit will provide updates on the Hudson River Tunnel Project, repairs at Penn Station New York, renovations at the Cranford and Roselle Park train stations, and the status of the Hunter Flyover and the Lehigh Line triple-tracking.

Mindy Scarlett from the Scarlett & Ryan consulting firm will report on the coalition’s social media and website activities. These include an opportunity for residents, businesses and rail commuters to sign an online petition at in support of expanding one-seat ride service.

Cranford Township Economic Development Director Kathleen Prunty will speak about the township’s recently completed three-year strategic plan emphasizing residential development in Cranford’s downtown.

The GPS address for the Cranford Community Center is 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford, NJ 07016.  Parking is available behind the community center in a parking lot shared with the township library.    

The building is located near the NJ Transit Cranford rail station and NJ Transit bus routes.  For NJ Transit bus and rail schedules and fare information, call (973) 275-5555 or visit

For questions, driving directions or more information, contact the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition at (908) 541-5773, by fax at (908) 707-1749 or by e-mail at 

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