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Village Has Little News for Frustrated Commuters

Monday night's update offered no specific relief.

The South Orange Board of Trustees Monday update on NJTransit had little news for frustrated commuters.

After the October schedule change, which commuters charge lengthens the trip to and from the city, and reduces the number of seats, NJTransit officials told residents they would study the situation.

Village President Alex Torpey reported NJTransit will have have completed a ridership study by the end of December; officials will share that data with South Orange at that time.

Torpey talked with NJTransit's Jim Weinstein, who told Torpey if there is "an obvious fix," the agency would pursue it.

In addition, NJTransit will see if there is an express train that can add a stop in South Orange. 

Last week, NJTransit officials met with residents.

Scott Greenstone briefed the public on that meeting. Likewise, trustee Mark Rosner updated the trustees on Monday about that meeting.

Rosner told the trustees that NJTransit and the citizens will meet again in January.

Scott Greenstone December 18, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Interesting statements by Torpey. At no point did anyone say anything about completing a study by the end of December and if that was said to him, he is foolish to accept that response. Everyone knows that any study on ridership performed during the month of December will be skewed due to holiday travel. It was agreed during the meeting with NJT that a stud would be completed during the first 2 weeks of January. If Torpey would just discuss the issue with those involved he wouldn't make incorrect statements during BOT meetings. When will he understand that he has had zero involvement in this issue and thus has zero knowledge of what is going on with regards to the NJT schedule?
Alex Torpey December 18, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Scott - I appreciate your enthusiasm but your divisive tone is not very productive. I think it's quite clear everyone is working together to find solutions for the commuters, please be part of that, rather than politicizing it!
Scott Greenstone December 19, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Please help promote the fact that we need to get this done as you are promoting the utility stuff you are working on. It is much more vital to the value of our properties to have express trains than it is to have the power companies more prepared for an emergency.
sabrina December 19, 2012 at 01:10 PM
At the end of the day we all want the same thing... south orange have absolutely no express trains ... the 7:34 and the 8:22 in the am gone...coming home is beyond frustrated.. maplewood have 4 express trains... do they have more commuters???? did anyone ask njtransit that question...
Scott Greenstone December 19, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Yes sabrina, we did ask,and they claim that Maplewood has slightly more passengers, however they failed to include the numbers of people that transfer in SO from other trains starting further west and from the multiple bus lines that stop at the train station.

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