FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Borough Council has passed a resolution calling on Governor Murphy, DOT Commissioner Guteirrez-Scaccetti, and State Senators to restore the off-peak direct "one-seat ride" service into New York City along NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line (RVL).
Service was suspended on RVL, Atlantic City and Princeton Lines in 2018. The other lines have been advised service will resume on May 24, but RVL still has no confirmation if and when the trains will be back on the schedule.
"We hear a new reason every time we ask and it is unfair to the residents who use the RVL. We are asking for equity on a line that has substantial ridership and no one-seat service into NY Penn Station," said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, co-chair of the RVL Mayors Alliance, which has representatives from more than 30 municipalities on or near NJ Transit's Raritan Valley Line.

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