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Commuters Take To Social Media To Vent About NJT Delays & Conditions

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Cranford, New Jersey (My9NJ) - New Jersey Transit commuters have taken to social media to voice their problems with the system. Twitter has become the first place where people can find pictures and accounts of any given transit disaster.

Melissa Even is a commuter who rides into New York City from Cranford, New Jersey. She says that when it comes to figuring out if you should hop on the train or take the bus, it ends up being a game-time decision.

“It’s primarily due to the timing. If I miss the train I take the bus, but I kind of timed it out so that if I did, it wouldn’t matter, I’d just take the bus,” she explained.

One critic who even started the Twitter page Angry On NJT says that the Cranford bus trip is scheduled to take 44 minutes, but really its takes anywhere from 55 to 125 minutes. So Chasing New Jersey’s Hank took to the bus to see if these delays were really that bad.

Initially, he got on the bus at 7:45am. By 8:00am he says the bus was rolling fast through Newark, but Lincoln Tunnel traffic still waited. By 8:16am Hank said they had arrived at the Helix and were still making good pace. Then, by 8:28 he was at Port Authority, almost exactly when the transit schedule said.

One Jersey City commuter, Steve, says that he feels like the system in intact and people get what they pay for.

“Every morning I don’t wait more than I’d say about five minutes for a bus,” he explained.

On the ride back to Cranford, Hank reached out to Angry On NJT to see what he thought about the easy commute. He said, first of all, most riders agree that riding on Fridays are easier, but most of his problems lie with transit management and inefficient problem-solving.

“Why can’t there be some kind of strategy to have alternate drop-offs? Or why not some kind of strategy that if there’s backups in the Lincoln Tunnel that they’d go through the Holland Tunnel? There’s nothing new brought to the forefront and that’s the thing that’s most surprising, that every day they get up and do the same thing over and over and over again,” Angry On NJT explained.

Now we know that it is arbitrary, while Hank’s commute was easy this morning, that wouldn’t have been the case if he took the Montclair-Boonton line since sections of that track were washed out by flooding over the last several days.

So NJ Transit commuters, it looks like you’re luck, or lack thereof is a result of where and when you ride.


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