REGION, NJ — Off-peak, one-seat rides on the Raritan Valley Line to Penn Station New York will be temporarily discontinued starting Sept. 4, NJ TRANSIT announced Friday. Service is expected to resume in early 2019, the company said in its press release. During that time, all passengers will have to change trains in Newark.

The change comes as NJ TRANSIT continues the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment on its rail fleet throughout the state — a “critical safety upgrade,” according to NJ TRANSIT. The temporary suspension is required for PTC installation to continue on rail cars and on the railroad right-of-way, it said.

 All service on the Atlantic City Rail Line will also be suspended, NJ TRANSIT said.

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“We regret the inconvenience this will cause our customers on the RVL and ACRL. That’s why we’ve maintained the same level of RVL service to/from Penn Station New York with connections at Newark Penn, and are offering a range of options with discounted fares to and from Philadelphia to continue meeting the travel needs of our ACRL customers,’’ Executive Director Kevin Corbett said in the press release. 

“We have made substantial progress on our PTC project and we're continuing to ramp up installation,” he said.  “In fact, our PTC project completion percentage has increased from 13 percent to 52 percent in the last three months alone. As we push to complete PTC installation, I ask for customers’ patience during this process as the end result is a safer railroad for everyone.”