RARITAN VALLEY LINE, NJ -- The Raritan Valley Line (RVL) Mayors Alliance is urging NJ TRANSIT commuters to contact New Jersey State Legislators and demand same platform transfers and the restoration of one-seat riders on the rail company's Raritan Valley line.
The mayors are proposing that NJ TRANSIT should:
- Within 6 months restore off-peak direct one-seat rail service on the Raritan Valley Line.
- Within one year begin at least one peak period one-seat ride train.
- Within one year implement full weekend one-seat ride rail service.
The RVL Mayors Coalition also advocates for expedited Gateway Tunnel construction to augment the existing Hudson River Tunnel. The existing tunnel is more than 100 years old and is rapidly deteriorating. The new Gateway Tunnel will allow for renovation of the existing tunnel and enhance future rail transit for hundreds of thousands of daily commuters from New Jersey.
Senator Nicholas P. Scutari (D)
Office: 1514 E. St Georges Ave., 2nd fl.
Linden, NJ 07036
Assemblywoman Linda S. Carter
Office: 200 West 2nd St., Suite 102
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Assemblyman James J. Kennedy
Office: 34 E. Cherry Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
The RVL Mayors' Alliance is a bi-partisan group of 32 mayors from Union, Somerset, Hunterdon, and Middlesex Counties advocating for fair and equitable service for more than 23,000 users of NJ TRANSIT's Raritan Valley Line. The group organized in 2018 and is working with State Legislators to gain support for direct service/one-seat rides into New York City for restoration of the off-peak one-seat rides and, eventually, weekday peak hours and weekend service. Despite ridership equal to or greater than some other lines with peak hour midtown direct trains, the Raritan Valley Line has none. Commuters are forced to switch trains and platforms in Newark adding a minimum of an additional 25 minutes to their travel times. For more information, visit www.rvlmayors.org/take-action or www.facebook.com/Raritan.