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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - It’s Twitter power to the people! That’s the latest twitter movement that has gotten everyone’s attention on NJ Transit commuter problems. These tweeters are using social media to vent their frustrations about delays and conditions that seem to be ongoing.

Tweeter handles like ‘Delayed on NJ Transit’ and ‘Angry on NJT’ now have hundreds of followers who tweet and retweet the frustration of daily commuters. Steve Conti @NJT_Commuter runs the Twitter page ‘Angry on NJT’ and he discussed what drove him to start putting the transit system on blast.

“Anger. Every day the amount of money that I waste and spend on New Jersey Transit is astonishing to me for the service that I get delivered. If New Jersey Transit was a restaurant or a bar or a movie theater, I would never frequent there again,” he explained.

Conti went on to discuss the personnel changes being made within the Port Authority and he’s skeptical that this may not necessarily be the answer to the transit systems ongoing issues.

“Why not hire someone with a logistics background? Why not go out and hire a top executive from UPS to figure out how to move buses in and out of the Port Authority quicker and the same thing with the train system?,” he questioned.

While NJT does tweet out delays and service changes, Conti thinks that it’s often too little too late and that the entire transit system is more often than not completely caught off guard, leaving commuters angry and late for work.

New Jersey Transit has a $1.9 billion annual budget and Conti believes that they are not spending these dollars as effectively as they should be.

“Their employees are overpaid, they have big pensions, they have tremendous retiree benefits. NJT will spend $120-plus million this fiscal year on retiree payments and healthcare plans, it’s ridiculous,” Conti confirmed.


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