U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger announced this morning that his office and New Jersey Transit have reached a settlement over the accessibility of the state’s train stations, with NJ Transit agreeing to make five of its major stations along the Northeast Corridor line – Newark Penn, MetroPark, New Brunswick, Princeton Junction, and Trenton – accessible to those with disabilities.
“For too long, people with disabilities have been deprived of equal access to intercity rail stations operated by NJ Transit,” Sellinger said in a statement. “Through this resolution, we are holding NJ Transit to its obligation to provide accessible transportation services to all. To their credit, NJ Transit has swiftly recognized these deficiencies and already begun to bring its intercity rail stations into compliance with the ADA.”
Sellinger said that the matter was handled by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Attorney’s office, a division that Sellinger created in March; previously, the Civil Rights Unit had been a subsection of the Civil Division.