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Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt.

South Jersey legislators call for answers on Atlantic line closure

By Nikita Biryukov, February 19 2019 5:27 pm

Assemblywomen Pamela Lampitt and Patricia Egan Jones are calling for residents to come and share their concerns over the continued closure of the Atlantic City Rail Line with NJ Transit officials at a meeting in Cherry Hill next Wednesday.

“Finally, New Jersey Transit is showing up in our communities to explain why they failed to resume service to the Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL),” said Jones, who is vice-chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee. “Desperate commuters were promised a return to service by the end 2018 and then, in early January.  It is now well into February.”

The ACRL was closed in September so the state could make a deadline for the installation of positive train control equipment.

That installation has been completed, but the line has yet to reopen.

Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and John Armato made a similar call for NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett to provide answers at a meeting on Feb. 21 at the Atlantic City Rail Terminal.

As the leader of NJ Transit, Kevin Corbett should be able to offer honest answers as to why the Atlantic City Rail Line remains closed. But all he’s done is mislead commuters time and time again,” said Mazzeo. “When Corbett came to Atlantic City last summer to talk to commuters, he assured them the trains would be back up and running by Jan. 1. We’ve blown past that deadline with no end in sight. With the work on positive train control complete, Corbett needs to give us a good and honest reason for the Atlantic City Rail Line closure.”

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