Persistence by Chatham Resident "Can-Do Drew" Gets NJ Transit to Extend Chatham Train Station Waiting Room Hours

Chatham resident Fran Drew reads a letter from NJ Transit at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Tuesday night Credits: TAP Chatham
The waiting room at the Chatham Train Station will now remain open until 7 p.m. Previously, it locked at 3 p.m. Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Longtime Chatham resident Fran Drew often comes before the Borough of Chatham Council during public commentary sessions with ideas such as reducing traffic on Main Street and putting power lines underground. She doesn't just talk, she volunteers to lead the effort.

On Tuesday night, "Can-Do" Drew attended the regular meeting of the borough council and announced that NJ Transit had finally heeded her request to have the waiting area at the Chatham Train Station open during evening hours.

Because of Drew's efforts, the waiting room is now unlocked and available to Chatham NJ Transit riders until 7 p.m. Before Drew's campaign, it had been locked at 3 p.m. 

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"It only took three years, four phone calls and two letters to do it," Drew said.

Fran Drew reads part of the letter she received from NJ Transit signaling the extension of the waiting room hours at the Chatham Train Station to 7 p.m.

In other business, the council unanimously adopted ordinances on tree protection and the vacation of a portion of Vine Street. The ordinances had been unanimously introduced on May 14.

Drew, who has served on the Chatham Shade Tree Commission, praised the council for the tree protection ordinance and pushed for underground wires by all utilities


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