NJ Transit moves up date for return of service to Atlantic City, Princeton

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An NJ Transit Atlantic City train arrives at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station on March 13, 2018. Service on the Atlantic City line will resume in mid-May.
Ralph Spielman

ATLANTIC CITY — The long-awaited return of service on two NJ Transit lines won’t be awaited quite as long as had been anticipated.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday that service on both the Atlantic City Rail Line and the Princeton Branch would resume on May 12, almost two weeks earlier than the previously announced May 24 start-up.

“I’m so pleased to announce the early restoration of the NJ Transit Atlantic City Rail Line and the Princeton Branch, which will allow our commuters to get to work, school, and back again, free of disruption. I applaud NJ Transit’s leadership for their efforts to improve safety and restore service. Our residents and commuters deserve nothing less.”

Murphy made the announcement at the 43rd annual New Jersey TransAction Conference, attended by over 900 transportation professionals.

Service on both lines was suspended last September to allow for installation of positive train control equipment, with resumption originally scheduled for January, then revised to March and subsequently to Memorial Day weekend. NJ Transit cited equipment delays and a shortage of engineers for the delays. [See "NJ Transit sets May 24 for return of Atlantic City, Princeton rail lines," Trains News Wire, Feb. 28, 2019.]

The Atlantic City line will resume with additional trains — five arriving in Philadelphia before noon instead of the previous three on weekdays, and no more than a two-hour wait between trains during the service day.  Service on the Princeton shuttle, known as the “Dinky” because of its two-car trains, will be restored to its pre-suspension levels. Timetables for both services are available at the NJ Transit website.

“I did not want these rail lines to remain out of service for a minute longer than necessary, and I’m grateful that we’re able to resume service nearly two weeks ahead of schedule,” said NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett. “I know how critical these services are to those who rely on them.”

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