Even after Positive Train Control fix, return date of AC Line still hard to pin down

Tim Jimenez
December 18, 2018 - 10:09 am
The suspension of New Jersey Transit's Atlantic City Rail Line has begun. Regular riders are finding alternatives, like an express shuttle from Lindenwold to Atlantic City.

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LINDENWOLD, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey Transit beat the deadline to install Positive Train Control by the end of the year, but what does that mean for the Atlantic City Line, which has been on the shelf since September?

NJT suspended the AC Line because of the work to install PTC.
 
And now that the agency met a federal deadline to install the technology that prevents crashes, it’s not exactly clear when the trains will get back on the tracks. 

New Jersey Transit officials give a general “early 2019” timeline.

People such as Sal Martinelli, who now takes a bus instead of the train to get to Hammonton, have to keep waiting.

“I would like the train to come back," Martinelli said. "Coming home from work is a lot quicker. You get home quicker. For me it’s a 20-minute ride on the train compared to 40 on the bus.”

And sometimes it’s even worse if traffic is bad.

A few things need to happen before the AC Line can return. NJT spokesman Jim Smith says the line needs to be inspected, and officials need to come up with a new NJT schedule.