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Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Urges Legislators to Hop on Board Campaign for One-Seat Ride to NYC

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Peter Palmer, chairman of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition and Deputy Director of the Somerset County Freeholders wants state legislators to join the one-ride campaign. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Freeholders
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The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition has produced a video and is coordinating a petition drive in support of the ‘One Seat’ direct ride into NYC, hoping local legislators will encourage NJ TRANSIT to make it a priority and to lay out a plan of action.

In March of 2014 NJ TRANSIT established direct service (no change in Newark) for midday trains on weekdays and in January of 2015 direct trains after 8 pm on weekdays.  However, there are no more plans for expanding the direct service.

 “We’re only halfway toward our goal of full mid-town direct service,” said Peter Palmer, RVRC Chairman and Somerset County Freeholder.  “This is not just about convenience for commuters.  Direct service in all time slots would have a major impact in terms of economic development, improved property values and the productivity of our commuting workforce.”

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The ultimate goal of the RVRC, which has championed the one-seat direct train service to NYC since 1998, is complete direct service from the Raritan Line into NYC.  Currently, riders on peak hour trains still have to transfer in Newark.

Members of the RVRC continue to meet regularly with NJ Transit officials to accomplish this goal. “We understand the complex nature of implementing these changes,” said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, who heads the RVRC Mayor’s Coalition. “However, our first responsibility is to the residents of every town on the RVL and making sure they are treated fairly in the transit system.”

To view the video and sign the petition or for more information and articles about the efforts to get one-seat service go to www.raritanvalleyrail.com or contactinfo@raritanvalleyrail.com

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