In response to the news that NJ TRANSIT has indefinitely postponed the proposed November implementation of the second phase of the One-Seat Ride for the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) for off-peak evening service, the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) has scheduled a special meeting for Monday, October 27th in Cranford.
The One-Seat Ride, which is currently only operating off-peak weekday hours, allows for Roselle Park commuters to travel to and from New York City without having to switch trains at Newark Penn Station. Next month was the proposed start of that service for evening hours. According to NJ TRANSIT, the decision to postpone the service was due to budgetary constraints.
Somerset County Freeholder Peter Palmer and Trustees of the RVRC expressed disappointment in the announcement, stating, “We have been meeting with NJ TRANSIT officials for a long time to phase in direct train service, and we have proven the Raritan Valley Line (RVL) riders deserve direct train service into NYC. In addition to growing ridership, towns on the RVL have embraced Transit-Oriented Development more than any other line in the state.”
While the RVRC usually holds morning meetings, they are holding a special public meeting on October 27 starting at 6 p.m. to accommodate commuters at the Cranford Community Center at 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford (one block from the train station). A representative from NJ TRANSIT will be present along with Coalition members to update the public regarding service along the line and it will give the public the opportunity to ask questions, get information, and share ideas.
“In light of recent developments, it is critical that residents, commuters and businesses attend this meeting and make their voices heard. The meeting is open to everyone from every town on the Raritan Valley Line. Elected officials and NJ TRANSIT need to hear how important the ‘one seat’ ride is to everyone along this line,” said Palmer.