Trenton – Senator Fred Madden, Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera and Assemblyman Paul Moriarty issued the following statement expressing their support for the re-opening of the Atlantic City Rail Line:
“The absence of the Atlantic City Rail Line has unjustifiably disrupted the lives of thousands of South Jersey residents and has suppressed economic prosperity in the region. Since last September, the Atlantic City Rail Line has been out of commission for the installation of federally mandated safety equipment. As we now head into March, well beyond the scheduled January 2019 re-opening, the residents of South Jersey deserve to see this shutdown come to an immediate end.
“The execution of the positive train control installations by NJ Transit has been unacceptable, and their lack of transparency to the public regarding the status of the line’s upgrades has been even worse. Lives are being affected every passing day. Displaced riders dependent on public transportation are forced to endure bus routes that, in many cases, more than double their commute times.
“Residents are being deprived of valuable time, strains are being placed on families and jobs are being affected. It is in the best interest of the residents of South Jersey and our local economy to reopen the Atlantic City Rail Line immediately. The time of our residents is valuable and we cannot afford to see any more of their time wasted.”