NJ Transit responds to complaints about suspension of Atlantic City Rail Line service

The temporary shutdown will still go into effect Sept. 5.

David Madden
August 23, 2018 - 8:48 pm
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NEWARK, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey Transit is adjusting its plan to help riders displaced by the shutdown of the Atlantic City Rail Line just after Labor Day to install a new safety system. 

The move comes after riders complained about the decision and the lack of notice. 

The shutdown will still happen Sept. 5, but the agency is expanding options for affected riders to use. A 25 percent discount will cover all tickets and passes on the line, and those will be accepted on more than just PATCO and bus Route 551 between Philadelphia and Atlantic City. 

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Click here for information on the options and a detailed explanation of the work being performed to install positive train control.

"We wanted to offer as much as we possibly can to mitigate the impacts on our customers and lessen the disruptiveness of what's to take place," NJT spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said.

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She expects the work to be finished by January. To reinforce that commitment, there is a deadline in place courtesy of the federal government.

"If we fail to comply or accomplish the necessary PTC installations by Dec. 31, it could result in a federal order to cease all rail service on Jan. 1, 2019," she added.

They will also be replacing 10 miles of track along the line during the shutdown.