For those who have been paying attention to this over-yearlong saga, you understand that NJ Transit continues to be a huge embarrassment and disappointment to the commuters of South Jersey. It's not just their train service, but bus services throughout the region as well. Since I know an extensive amount about transportation (I would have become a locomotive engineer if I hadn't gotten into broadcast), I decided to use my platform to speak out and expose the "untruths" they began telling when they temporarily shut the line down last September.
And when we went up to speak before the board (we took about 20 passengers up to Newark with us:
I believe the line is doomed to fail because of a couple BIG reasons.
Not only are these perpetual delays driving people AWAY from the rail line, the SCHEDULE is horrendous. It is NOT favoring any commuter going IN to Atlantic City, at all. Let's focus on the typical 9-5 shift. If you're planning on traveling by train, you either have to be over an hour early for work and get in at 7:46 OR be LATE for work and get in at 9:17. HOW is that acceptable? Casino shifts drive Atlantic City's workforce. Going home? Just as bad! If you're done at 5pm, like most people, you need to have access to a time machine because your train is leaving at 4:59, OR you need to extend your already long day and wait for the next train at 6:54. There was a time where the schedule DID work though. Going back about 10 years there were trains that ran ALMOST every hour. Not the best, but MUCH better than how things are situated today.
Aside from workers' schedules... how about looking at it from a tourism standpoint? Want to come to AC for dinner and a late show? Forget it! You better be ready to go home before 11. It's absurd!
Here's the deal - NJ Transit has wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars on "studies" on how to improve service. The solution is extremely simple. Here's my plan.
Me at 30th street station age 12