RARITAN VALLEY, NJ -- The Raritan Valley Line Mayors Alliance, a group of elected officials calling for the restoration of NJ Transit's "one-seat" rides along the Raritan Valley train line is encouraing riders to sign an online petition supporting the cause.
To sign the online petition, click here.
Support Improved Service and Midtown Direct Trains on the Raritan Valley Line (RVL)
The RVL currently has equal or greater ridership than some NJ Transit Lines with multiple midtown direct trains in and out of NY Penn Station. RVL has ZERO direct trains during peak hours or weekends
• RVL has dual locomotives and track connectivity capable that can travel into NY
• RVL passengers must switch trains and platforms in Newark, typically adding 25 minutes to their commute each way
• RVL off-peak midtown direct trains were suspended in 2018 for mandatory Positive Train Control work. Two other Lines also suspended will be restored May 24th
• There is no date or confirmation that RVL service will resume.
As a resident and taxpayer, I want fair, equitable and efficient service on the Raritan Valley Line and call on Governor Murphy, DOT Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti, State Senators and Assembly representing my District to direct NJ Transit to:
1. Restore the off-peak direct trains by May 24th
2. Work with Amtrak to provide RVL riders with a same platform transfer and determine how RVL can get three (3) midtown direct trains during peak hours
Peak one-seat rides would allow Raritan Valley Line towns to compete equally for residential and commercial investment, enhance current economic redevelopment efforts in progress along the entire corridor, and ultimately increase property values in all municipalities along the train line, according to the RVL Mayors Alliance website. The mayors believe that the time for progress on this front is long overdue, and further setbacks stemming from additional service disruptions are simply unacceptable for the following reasons:
RVL ridership continues to increase and now has more than 23,000 daily commuters — comparable to or even exceeding other NJ Transit lines serviced by multiple direct trains into NY Penn Station.
RVL riders must transfer platforms in Newark, adding an additional 35 minutes on average to their commute. Often they miss connecting trains.
The NJT 2017 Quarterly Report states that 10 of RVL’s 18 stations rank in the top half of all NJT stations in terms of average weekday passenger boarding.
The majority of RVL towns have embraced Smart Growth and Transit-Oriented initiatives with investments that will likely add additional commuters.
To keep updated on the RVL Mayors Alliance efforts to restore one-seat rides, visit www.rvlmayors.org.