All Aboard! Off-Peak Evening Direct Service Pulls into Fanwood

Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover and Mindy Scarlett join Peter Palmer, Chairman of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, in celebrating the arrival of the first off-peak evening direct NJ Transit train into NYC. Passengers taking these trains will no longer have to switch in Newark. Credits: John Mooney
Mindy Scarlett, Tony Mazaitis, Marge Mazaitis, and Kevin Glover await the 7:07 p.m. NJ Transit evening "one-seat" train ride into New York City. Passengers taking these off-peak trains will no longer have to switch in Newark. Credits: John Mooney
Historic day for Fanwood station when the 7:07 p.m. off peak "one-seat" NJ TRANSIT train approaches. Credits: John Mooney
REGION, NJ -- The dream of having NJ TRANSIT direct service into Manhattan inched closer to reality on Monday as the 7:07 p.m. evening off-peak train into New York Penn Station pulled into Fanwood station.
"I've been waiting for this for a long time," said Marge Mazaitis, a Fanwood resident, who rode the train into New York City on Monday evening.
"This is another step in the process, but the commuters of the Raritan Valley Line deserve equity when it comes to peak service into New York City," said Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover. "NJ TRANSIT now has the technology to bring these trains into Penn Station (New York). Raritan Valley commuters deserve it as much as other riders do."
"I am so pleased that Fanwood and Scotch Plains residents can enjoy not having to change trains in Newark at night when they are either heading in or out of the city. It's just one more victory for all of us who have been tireless advocates for this 'one seat' service along the Raritan Valley line," said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, who along with other elected officials, has pushed NJ TRANSIT to increase direct train service into Manhattan.  

"Tonight we are one step closer to obtaining weekend and peak hour commuting trains and making travels into Manhattan easier whether you're going to work or a Broadway show or to do some shopping," Mahr said.
To view the new Raritan Valley line schedule from NJ TRANSIT, click here.

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