Commuters rail on New Jersey Transit's impending Atlantic City line suspension

Atlantic City rail line will be closed for several months for equipment upgrades

Shara Dae Howard
August 20, 2018 - 7:43 pm
Kevin Corbett, executive director of NJT, met with commuters at Lindenwold Station for a "We Are Listening" forum.

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LINDENWOLD, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey Transit held a public forum Monday to allow commuters on the Atlantic City rail line to voice their thoughts about the line shutting down for several months — and they had a lot to say.

Kevin Corbett, executive director of NJT, met with commuters at Lindenwold Station for a "We Are Listening" forum, noting the time is ticking down to the temporary rail closure on Sept. 5 through Dec. 31.

While positive train control equipment is set to be installed, commuters like Sandra Pollard aren't happy about it.

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"That's not good. It's going to double the time — a two-hour difference; two hours to get to work, you have to leave two hours early," she said.

Taxi driver Winston Quarshie said the closure will be horrible for his business.

"It's how I make my living, and if they shut it down, that will be a big blow," he added.

To try and ease the pain for customers, Corbett said there will be bus service options and discounts for tickets originating in Philadelphia.

But Pollard said that might not be enough.

"That's sort of an inconvenience and may not be worth it," she said. "This is my method of transportation right now. For those with no choice, what can they do?"