NJ Transit begins months of renovations to Atlantic City Rail Line

Service is suspended until early next year.

Tim Jimenez
September 05, 2018 - 8:54 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.

Tim Jimenez / KYW Newsradio

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LINDENWOLD, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The temporary shutdown of New Jersey Transit's Atlantic City Rail Line begins Wednesday, and regular riders must start their new routines. 

Instead of catching a train in Cherry Hill, rail rider Alex now has to add time to his commute and drive to the Lindenwold station.

There, he'll catch an express shuttle bus that will take him to and from Atlantic City, where he works at one of the casinos.

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Alex and others have to adjust as NJ Transit installs positive train control on the Atlantic City Rail Line, which is suspended until early next year.

Even though Alex said the bus isn't as comfortable as the train, and traffic jams may slow things down, it beats the alternative.

"Driving myself is almost 60 miles one way. So it kills my car. I've got to take the transportation," he said.

Commuter James Volpe agreed that he was also a little concerned when he first heard the line would be shutting down temporarily.

The express shuttle bus between the Lindenwold PATCO station and Atlantic City, however, should be OK, he said. Plus, it still beats driving down to the shore himself.

"Once you get over the initial shock and get into the swing of things, the routine, it’s about the same," he added.

But if he misses an express bus while trying to get home after work, he may have to wait around an hour for the next long, possibly longer.

To ease some of the pain, NJ Transit will give Atlantic City Rail Line riders 25 percent off their fare.