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Assemblyman Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Auth, Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Corbett holding town hall Tuesday evening

By Nikita Biryukov, October 06 2020 6:17 pm

Assemblyman Bob Auth will hold a town hall with Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and NJ Transit CEO Kevin Corbett Tuesday evening.

The virtual event, which begins at 7 p.m. and will be streamed on the assemblyman’s governmental Facebook page, will focus on small issues experienced by commuters at a time when NJ Transit’s ridership is still seeing significant pandemic-related reductions.

The town hall won’t seek to tackle big issues like the Gateway Project, instead focusing on quality of life issues like leaky bus windows or malfunctioning escalators, Auth said.

“People, they pay. They expect good service, but it’s a big system. And I guess they have a limited amount of people out there doing the utility work on the busses and the trains,” Auth said.

The beleaguered transportation network has become something of a punching bag for Democrats and Republicans alike.

Even as the agency continued its recovery from staff shortages and funding cuts imposed under Gov. Chris Christie’s tenure, NJ Transit faced constant questions about delays and cancellations that plagued it before the COVID-19 crisis forced most riders to work from home.

But Tuesday’s town hall isn’t meant to win political points by turning NJ Transit into a piñata.

“It’s not going to be a hostile thing,” Auth said.

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