NJ TRANSIT Has Added More Than 100 New Engineers Since Gov. Murphy Took Office, Total Active Roster Is Now 393

ISELIN, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy, NJ Dept.of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, and NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett today recognized the result of years of dedication to restoring the ranks of NJ TRANSIT’s locomotive engineers to a full roster.

NJ TRANSIT’s newest engineers are in the final stages of their field training and will begin their final check rides in the next few weeks. With this class, the railroad has fulfilled its commitment to improving reliability for rail customers by adding more than 100 new locomotive engineers to its roster since 2018.

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“When I took office, NJ TRANSIT was depleted of funding, expertise, and employee morale,” said Gov. Murphy. “Our administration immediately set about aggressively recruiting, training, and hiring locomotive engineers for NJ TRANSIT. After nine classes of engineers, we are finally at a full roster of engineers, who will serve New Jersey commuters and provide them with the reliable service that they deserve. This is a moment that we have been working toward for years, and one that I am immensely proud of.”

This is the first time in years that a call-out or a sick day won't collapse into a litany of train cancellations," the governor added.

“This administration made a commitment to improve customer service and the reliability of NJ TRANSIT,” NJDOT Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “The addition of more than 100 well-trained locomotive engineers to the NJ TRANSIT team is delivering on that promise.”

“Congratulations to the graduating class of NJ TRANSIT engineers. Every single graduate should be proud of their hard work and dedication to make it here today, and can rest assured that their work as locomotive engineers will benefit countless commuters throughout our state,” said Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin. “Now that we have a full roster of engineers, residents will be able to count on more reliable train schedules going forward. Congratulations to Governor Murphy and NJ TRANSIT leadership for meeting this milestone.”

"A full roster of locomotive engineers is critical to ensuring that public transportation in New Jersey is reliable and accessible," said Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez. "With highly trained, fully-equipped engineers at the ready - and continuing classes of new recruits in the pipeline - the days of canceled trains and lengthy delays will soon be a distant memory. While there's still work to be done, NJ TRANSIT has made undeniable progress in addressing staffing issues at the core of its operating challenges."

This class of nine (9) engineer trainees completed a rigorous 78-week long program and passed extensive testing, including a final exam of more than 800 questions. Their graduation will bring the total number of new engineers that have joined NJ TRANSIT since 2018 to 103 and brings the total active roster of engineers to 393. Since 2018 when Gov. Murphy took office, NJ TRANSIT has graduated nine classes of locomotive engineers — more graduations than the previous five years combined. The next locomotive engineer training class is set to graduate in June 2021.