NJ Transit to shut down Atlantic City line for PTC installation

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NEWARK, N.J. — Citing work to prepare for positive train control, NJ Transit will shut down its Atlantic City Line as of Tuesday, Sept. 4, until “early 2019,” the agency announced Friday.

Off-peak, one-seat Raritan Valley Line to New York’s Penn Station will also be suspended as of Sept. 4. Those riders will now be required to change trains at Newark Penn Station.

The Atlantic City line carried approximately 700,000 riders in fiscal 2017, according to NJ Transit’s annual report. It generally offers 12 round trips daily. For the duration of the suspended service, various bus services will be substituted for or honor NJ Transit rail tickets. Details on the bus options, and the full NJ Transit release on the suspension of service, is available here.

Philly.com notes that the route is one of the least used in the NJ Transit system, but is still relied on by casino workers. It notes that bus service between Lindenwold, N.J., and Atlantic City takes two hours, while trains are scheduled for one hour.

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