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Senate President Steve Sweeney. Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.

Sweeney announces NJ Transit select committee

Panel will investigate transit network delays, cancellations

By Nikita Biryukov, October 01 2019 10:44 am

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Senate President Steve Sweeney announced the creation of a select committee to investigate the cancellations and delays that have plagued NJ Transit for the past several years.

“Our transportation system is the lifeblood of our economy, and the failure to turn around NJ Transit hurts our economic growth, tax base, housing values and the quality of life of over a million commuters and their families,” Sweeney said. “NJ Transit’s record of service cancellations, delays and breakdowns is inexcusable, its long-term planning is non-existent, and it is already laying the groundwork for a fare hike next summer.”

Sweeney will chair the committee. Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senators Sandra Cunningham and Patrick Diegnan, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, will make up the body’s Democratic membership.

Republicans will also sit on the committee, though they have yet to be announced.

The committee intends to issue a list of recommendations to blunt the delays and cancellations that plague the nation’s largest statewide public transit network.

“It has been three years since a young mother was killed in a train derailment at Hoboken station,” said Senator Cunningham. “The legislative hearings that followed showed a pattern of neglect, mismanagement, inadequate maintenance and poor planning by the previous Administration. We owe it to all mass transit commuters to face this issue head on.”

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