Mayor Mahr and her co-chairs, Mayor Robert Fazen of Bound Brook, and Mayor Shelley Brindle of Westfield are asking all 32 towns to pass similar resolutions.
"This is another way for governing bodies in a formal way to spur NJ Transit and the DOT to take action," Mayor Mahr added. "We want much clearer and better answers as to when restoration of one-seat service will commence. RVL commuters are the forgotten commuters; we fought to have off-peak ride, and then it was taken away. This is unacceptable when we compare our ridership numbers to other lines across the state."
NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line serves 23,000 commuters and 400,000 residents each year.
The Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance is a bi-partisan coalition of mayors seeking legislator support for one-seat ride service during peak times on the Raritan Valley Line (RVL). Currently, the Raritan Valley Line does not have peak "one-seat ride" service despite comparable, if not greater, ridership than lines with direct service. The group is seeking to obtain three RVL One-Seat Ride trains in the morning and evening peak periods as well as on the weekends, manageable and minimal increases in operating costs, and no technical impediment to near-term deployment of one-seat ride. Visit www.rvlmayors.org.