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Federal Railroad Administration Certifies NJT Finishes Positive Train Control Project Ahead of Schedule

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Ridgewood NJ, NJ TRANSIT has received Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approval on its submission for the Positive Train Control (PTC) alternative schedule, which allows for full PTC implementation by the end of 2020.  In approving the request, the FRA certified that NJ TRANSIT successfully met all of the criteria required by the end of 2018.

“This accomplishment is the result of a herculean effort by NJ TRANSIT leadership and staff to turn around a once languishing PTC program left to us by the prior administration,” said Governor Murphy.  “There are few one-year achievements this administration is prouder of because getting PTC done, and done right, is the driving force behind the rest of our efforts to fully restore NJ TRANSIT into a transportation system that New Jersey residents deserve.”

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Railroad Crossing Safety

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Ridgewood NJ, The Borough of Glen Rock and Glen Rock Police Department would like to remind Residents and Visitors to safely cross Railroad Tracks, by following the recommendations below from NJ Transit:
•Cross Tracks Only at Designated Locations!
•Never go around crossing gates that are down, on foot or in a car!
•Stay alert, don’t rush.
•Trespassing: It’s Not Worth the Risk!
•Trains Can’t Stop Quickly!
•Trains Can’t Swerve!
•Stay Alert Near Tracks!
•Stay Away from Overhead Electrical Wires!
•Never Throw Items at Trains or onto Tracks!
•Watch the Gap between the train & the platforms

Residents with concerns regarding railroad crossing safety can contact NJ TRANSIT Police Department at (973) 378-6565 or, Tip line at 1-888-TIPS-NJT or, by text message to NJTPD (65873).

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Kean: NJ Transit Rail Commuters Need Relief Now!

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Ridgewood NJ, Following yet another day of major service disruptions for commuters who rely on New Jersey Transit trains to get to work, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean called for the agency to take immediate action to prevent future problems.

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Wednesday Evening Hoboken Bound NJT Train Collides with SUV in Elmwood Park

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July 26,2018

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Elmwood Park NJ, NJ Transit train #1277, traveling westbound from Hoboken, collided with a white colored SUV at the Midland Avenue crossing in Elmwood Park on Wednesday evening, 07/25. No injuries were reported in the mishap. The crash halted all rail traffic on the Bergen Line for over one (1) hour. A flatbed tow truck removed the SUV, which was partially wedged under the train, from the crossing. Elmwood Park Police, Saddle Brook Police, and NJ Transit Police responded to the incident.

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NJ Transit will be Cross-honoring During Impending Storm

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March 2,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, NJ TRANSIT anticipates regular weekday service on its rail, bus and light rail systems for the service day on Friday, March 2 and regular weekend service on Saturday, March 3 as parts of the state are subject to an intense Nor’easter with coastal flooding, high winds, heavy rain, and even snow in northwestern New Jersey predicted. Cross-honoring is in effect for rail, bus and private carriers and light rail for Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3.

Bus Route Nos. 196/197 only bus tickets and passes will be accepted during this time on the Port Jervis Line trains to/from Harriman, Tuxedo and Sloatsburg. Additionally, Shortline Bus will also cross-honor in Orange County, N.Y. The Warwick plan will be instituted if conditions warrant.

NJ TRANSIT will have personnel and assets in position to address any issues that may arise during or after the storm, which is expected to bring strong wind near the coast and flooding to low-lying areas.

NJ TRANSIT’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will open during the early morning hours on Friday and key personnel will monitor any impacts on the system throughout the duration of the storm.

Customers are strongly advised to monitor the status of the system by checking njtransit.com frequently. Customers are also encouraged to sign up for My Transit Alerts, which provide customized notifications via email or text message based on a customer’s preferred mode of travel. My Transit alerts can be accessed by creating a free account on njtransit.com. In addition, customers are advised to monitor NJ TRANSIT’s social media feeds on Twitter and Facebook, as well as tune in to broadcast traffic reports for the latest information.

Important Notes:

Cross-honoring will be in effect for Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 on NJ TRANSIT bus and private carriers, rail and light rail services. At this time, it is not anticipated that there will be cross-honoring on PATH or NY Waterway ferries.

Regular weekday service for rail, bus, light rail and Access Link will operate as long as conditions allow.

Bus Route Nos. 196 and 197 only bus tickets and passes will be accepted during this time on the Port Jervis Line at the Harriman, Tuxedo, and Sloatsburg Stations. Shortline bus will also be cross-honoring. The Warwick plan will be instituted if conditions warrant.

Before starting your trip, visit the Travel Alerts page at njtransit.com for up-to-the-minute service information. This information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555 or from broadcast traffic reports.

Customers are encouraged to sign up for the My Transit alert system on njtransit.com, which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone.

Allow extra time getting to and from your destination. Use extreme caution when walking on exposed sidewalks or station platforms and when boarding trains and buses.

Listen closely to public address announcements at stations for late-breaking service information.

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Hoboken-bound Main Line New Jersey Transit train struck and killed a man west of the Paterson station Saturday

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December 17,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, A Hoboken-bound Main Line New Jersey Transit train struck and killed a man west of the Paterson station at about 2 p.m. Saturday. Shutting down main line service for a little under 2 hours .

According to New Jersey Transit no customers were on board when the Main Line train hit the man, who was on the tracks. Train service was suspended between Ridgewood and Kingsland station for the investigation, as of 3:40 p.m. Further delays were caused by Amtrak track work leading to New York Penn Station.

NJ Transit was investigating the incident, and there was no immediate indication why the man was on the tracks.

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NJ TRANSIT SAYS LEAVE YOUR BOOZE AT HOME DURING SANTACON

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December 9, 2017
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Ridgewood NJ, just a reminder if you are traveling in and out of the city today ,be it for SantCon or not ,NJ TRANSIT is prohibiting liquid beverages on all of its trains, light rail vehicles and buses on Saturday December 9th and the early morning of Sunday December 10th to coincide with the annual SantaCon event in New York City.

NJT says ,”This policy will be strictly enforced. ”

Reminder: All beverages, including alcohol, are not permitted on NJ TRANSIT buses at any time regardless of event.

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Crash Involving a New Jersey Transit Train in Glen Rock Sends One to Valley Hospital

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November 6,2017

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Glen Rock NJ, An SUV driver was transported by Glen Rock EMS to The Valley Hospital after sustaining non life threatening injuries in a crash involving a NJ Transit train on Rock Road in Glen Rock early Sunday evening, 11/05. The driver of an SUV hit a commuter train .

Glen Rock Police, Fire and NJ Transit Police responded to the incident. The vehicle was removed by a flat bed tow truck. NJ Transit Police is handling the investigation. The incident occurred at NJ Transit’s Bergen Line grade crossing.

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AMTRAK SIGNAL WORK TO IMPACT NJ TRANSIT CUSTOMERS NOV 10-12

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Amtrak’s work, between Newark Penn Station and Secaucus, continues their effort to maintain its Northeast Corridor

October 30,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, NJ TRANSIT is advising customers of upcoming Amtrak signal work which will impact rail travel Friday night November 10th through Saturday and Sunday November 11th-12th.  Amtrak’s work, between Newark Penn Station and Secaucus, continues their effort to maintain its Northeast Corridor in a state of good repair.

NJ TRANSIT is relying on assurances by Amtrak the work will be complete prior to the start of the Monday morning rush hour on November 13th.

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, November 10th and continuing through the end of service on Sunday, November 12th, customers traveling on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line may experience delays of up to 60 minutes in both directions.  The Amtrak work will require signals near Newark Penn Station to be taken out of service, requiring trains to operate at restricted speeds.

To accommodate this signal work and manage train traffic through the area, NJ TRANSIT will not operate the Northeast Corridor 7600 series trains between Rahway and Penn Station New York.  Customers will be accommodated by the following train which is scheduled 5-10 minutes behind the 7600 series.  Those trains will add a station stop at North Elizabeth.

During that same time, Amtrak will maximize this work period to also perform track work where the Raritan Valley Line connects with the Northeast Corridor.  Customers on the Raritan Valley Line will have substitute busing in place to/from Newark Penn Station as follows:

Friday night 11/10 9 p.m. through the end of the service day busing will be in place in both directions between Cranford and Newark Penn Station.
Saturday 11/11 and Sunday 11/12 busing will be in place all day in both directions between Union and Newark Penn Station.

Customers on these three rail lines (NEC, NJCL, RVL) are advised to allow for extra time to and from their destinations.  Customers also should pay close attention to station and crew announcements.

This work will impact customers on the NEC, NJCL and RVL planning to attend the following sports events and concerts.  Customers are strongly encouraged to allow plenty of extra travel time:

11/11 NY Rangers at MSG 1 p.m.
11/11 NY Knicks at MSG at 8 p.m.
11/11 NJ Devils at Prudential Center at 7 p.m.
11/12 Dead & Company concert at MSG at 7 p.m.

Important Note: M&E and Midtown Direct service will NOT be impacted by this Amtrak signal work.

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UPDATE: NJ Transit Ridgewood Station Center Platform Stairs Closed for Repairs

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UPDATE: Ridgewood Station: Center Platform Stairs Serving Pedestrian Tunnel Closed Temporarily for Repair Work – Beginning Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October 29,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Beginning on or about Tuesday, October 31 and continuing through Friday, November 10, the stairway leading to/from the center platform and the pedestrian tunnel at Ridgewood Station between East Ridgewood Avenue and Wilsey Square will be closed temporarily for repair work.
During this time, customers may use the stairs or elevators serving the Franklin Avenue underpass for access to and from Garber Square, Wilsey Square, North Broad Street and the center platform serving tracks 3 and 1. For your safety, please follow directional signs and do not travel through barricaded areas.

We apologize for any inconvenience.  For further information, please call NJ TRANSIT Customer Service at (973) 275-5555 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.