Saturday, May 11, 2013
A look at the most popular articles this week.
Christensen to NJ Transit: You've Got a Fight on Your Hands Combative head of Maplewood Concierge Company will not easily give up 14-year-old train station concession. Plymouth Avenue Sees Rash of Break-Ins Half a dozen Plymouth Avenue households had items including bicycles, GPS and in one case, a briefcase, taken from unlocked cars and garages early Tuesday morning, said Capt. John Perna of the Maplewood Police Department. Next Steps: Woman's Club and Post Office Site Two of the most significant developments in Maplewood's history are each one step closer to becoming a reality. On an Upswing, Springfield Avenue Shines Twelve years of improvements and recruitment efforts bear fruit in Maplewood business district. Maplewood FD, …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Combative head of Maplewood Concierge Company will not easily give up 14-year-old train station concession.
After learning that the Maplewood Concierge Company (MCC) lost out in a New Jersey Transit bidding process and will be forced to vacate the Maplewood Train Station concession it has run since 1998, MCC president Art Christensen is determined to challenge the results. "I have no intention of leaving without exercising all my rights under the RFP," said Christensen in a phone interview Thursday. "I'm going to appeal in court." The MCC was one of two companies who submitted a bid to NJ Transit, which holds the lease. This week, NJT awarded the contract to Zeren, LLC, which operates concessions at three other train stations, said Christensen, a local businessman and longtime Maplewood resident. "[NJT] sent me a notice to quit by May 31," …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Additional officers, both in uniform and dressed in plain clothes, will patrol the transit system, according to spokesperson.
NJ Transit is in a "heightened state of alert" in response to several explosions reported at the Boston Marathon this afternoon, according to NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. “While there has been no specific threat made to our transit system at this time, NJ Transit police have deployed both uniformed and plain clothed officers to further patrol our system and keep our customers safe," Durso said in a press release. At least two people were killed and numerous people were injured in Boston this afternoon when there were two explosions within a mile of the Boston Marathon's finish line, according to Back Bay Patch. Another explosion was reported at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, however reports now indicate that that may have …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Nearly 4 out of 5 post-Sandy survey respondents now say they would recommend transportation agency to friend, relative.
A new customer satisfaction survey of New Jersey Transit customer’s post-Superstorm Sandy has overwhelmingly endorsed the job the agency has been doing, according to an announcement by the Christie administration and the agency Tuesday. In the online survey conducted Feb. 4 through February 25, or during the third quarter of the agency’s fiscal year, nearly four in five customers, or nearly 14,000 participants on the agency's website (njtransit.com) said they would recommend NJ Transit to a friend or relative. The results mark a new high for the statewide public transit agency. The survey asked bus, rail, light rail and Access Link customers to rate the agency on a scale of 0 to 10 and asked riders to also consider 41 attributes of the …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The National Weather Service issued an alert on its website to anticipate a wintry mix of snow and rain during the afternoon.
In anticipation of snow and rain on Monday, DeCamp Bus Lines and NJ Transit will be cross-honoring tickets. DeCamp Bus Lines will be cross-honoring NJ Transit bus and rail tickets through throughout Monday. The bus line posted on its website to anticipate delays. NJ Transit will allow customers to use tickets or passes for an alternate travel mode — rail, bus or light rail, as well as private carrier buses — throughout Monday. All customers should check njtransit.com before traveling for up-to-the-minute service information before starting their trip. For real-time updates from NJ Transit about the Montclair-Boonton and Morris-Essex lines, click here. Weather Statement The National Weather Service said on its website Monday to …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Cancelled trains lead to crowded conditions
With the 8:02 a.m. Manhattan-bound train cancelled, commuters packed into later trains. In this photo, commuters stand between cars, since no seats are available. Overcrowded trains is an ongoing issue for South Orange-based commuters, as is a limited schedule. NJ Transit has pledged some relief in March.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Commuters are annoyed with jitneys that don't wait for late NJ Transit trains.
Maplewood Jitney riders are mad, and some say they aren’t going to take it anymore. Since New Jersey Transit train schedules changed last fall (and Hurricane Sandy damaged some trains), evening rush hour trains have been frequently late arriving in Maplewood. The problem, some riders say, is jitney drivers are refusing to wait for delayed trains, leaving riders stranded and frustrated. In addition, some jitney lines have become overcrowded. “People are really angry,” said Frank Verderosa, who rides the Parker Avenue jitney daily. Some riders started a petition about the issue and posted it at the train station. Eric Burbank, director of the Maplewood Department of Public Works, has scheduled a meeting for Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
NJ Transit officials said the woman was hit by a Dover-bound train Saturday night.
NJ Transit authorities have released the identity of a woman killed after being struck by a train near the Short Hills train station Saturday night. Officials identified the woman as Short Hills resident Stephanie Alexander, 45. She was hit by a Dover-bound train several hundered feet west of the station at about 10 p.m. Saturday, according to NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder. The engineer reportedly sounded the train's horn and used the emergency brake, but the woman "made no attempt to move," officials said. There were no injuries reported among the 325 passengers and crew on the train and no delays in service.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Schedule problems persist for South Orange station riders
Tuesday, January 22
An open letter to NJ Transit provided to Patch: Mr. James Weinstein NJ TRANSIT Corporation One Penn Plaza East Newark, NJ 07105 Re: South Orange Train Station Village Schedule Dear Mr. Weinstein: As NJ Transit customers and community stakeholders, we are contacting you to collectively reiterate and emphasize the importance of restoring acceptable levels of service to the South Orange train station — specifically those that existed before the latest schedule change that took effect on October 14, 2012. Your latest accomplishment of being able to restore all commuter train service to New York to pre-Hurricane Sandy levels is to be commended. Despite the extensive damage caused by this storm to your rail cars and trains, you were able to …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Cross-honoring in effect through Thursday.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
As the area braces for a potential three-to-five inches of tardy snow (not quite a White Christmas, but close, right?), NJ Transit announced that it would be cross-honoring of tickets starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Cross-honoring will remain in effect until the end of the service day Thursday, Dec. 27, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, bus or light rail. For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station. Similarly, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the train instead. Customers are reminded that many NJ Transit rail lines …