(One Seat Ride Means No Change in Newark)
(L to R) Plainfield Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Dunn, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Cranfor Executive Director of Business and Economic Development Kathleen Miller Prunty, RVRC Chairman Peter Palmer, RVRC Vice Chairman Tom Jardim.
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WESTFIELD, NJ – The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) held their quarterly meeting in the Westfield Council Chamber on Monday morning to share with the public the outcome of their recent meeting with NJ Transit executives and to hear about the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) taking place in Cranford, a stop along the Union County portion of the Raritan Valley Line.
The RVRC has been advocating for the Raritan Valley Line to receive direct access to New York for nearly twenty years, and in March of this year the first “one seat” ride was achieved in a limited off peak schedule through the use of dual powered locomotives. The "one seat ride" refers to the commuter being able to stay in one seat instead of having to transfer in Newark.
“While a one-seat ride may seem like just a convenience for some commuters, the reality is that it would foster great economic growth along the whole corridor. These are fateful decisions for the Raritan Valley. We need a groundswell of support from the people living along the Raritan Valley Line – in fact, we need a crusade!”
-Peter Palmer, Somerset County Freeholder and RVRC Chairman