WESTFIELD, NJ — On Monday, June 10, the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition will hold an open meeting at the Westfield Municipal Building at 8:30 a.m. to bring together public and private sector stakeholders, non-profits and private citizens to educate and advocate for the Raritan Valley line to receive one-seat ride service when dual-powered locomotives are put into service.

For years the RVRC, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, has pushed for a direct train into Manhattan along the Raritan Valley line that runs through Westfield. With New Jersey Transit’s recent purchase of 36 dual-mode locomotives that can run on diesel or electric power, its goal could be closer than ever.

Many Westfield leaders and organizations have gotten behind the idea. In April, the Westfield Town Council passed a resolution petitioning New Jersey Transit for one-seat ride service to Midtown Manhattan. Heather Robinson, executive director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, has also expressed the chamber’s support of the one-seat ride concept.

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“The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce is all about connections. Bringing One Seat Ride to the towns along our Raritan Valley corridor would help the communities we serve,” said Robinson. “The GWACC stands behind the efforts being made by the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition to gain our local citizens a share of the valuable resources—dual-powered engines. Although most of the individuals who make up our membership are not, themselves, commuters, their families will likely be touched—not to mention their property values—in a very positive way.”

To read our earlier story about the RVRC’s push for a one-seat ride, click here.