WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky expressed disappointment Wednesday after NJ TRANSIT announced that it would not expand direct service to New York City on the Raritan Valley Line as planned this November “due to budgetary constraints.”

“Though this delay in implementing one-seat ride service into Manhattan during evening off-peak hours is disappointing, the town will continue its full court press for direct service into New York City, not only for evening off-peak hours, but ultimately for all trips,” said Skibitsky. “Not only will such direct service be beneficial to the environment and for property values, perhaps most importantly, it will save our commuting residents precious time.” 

Peter Palmer, Chairman of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition and a Somerset County Freeholder, met with NJ TRANSIT Wednesday afternoon. 

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"Obviously, the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition is very disappointed with this outcome,” said Palmer. “However, NJ TRANSIT has assured us that they are working on another source of money so that the after-8 p.m. one-seat ride can go ahead as planned, and they should know in a couple of weeks if this will happen. We can only hope that they find sufficient funding."

To read our earlier story about NJ TRANSIT’s announcement, click here.