(One Seat Ride Means No Change in Newark)
(L to R) Ken Wedeen, Somerset Planner and RVRC Secretary; Cameron Black, Union County Transportation Intern; Peter Palmer, RVRC Chairman; Kathleen Miller Prunty, Director of Business Development for Cranford; Liza Betz, Union County Transportation Planning Manager; Colleen Mahr, Mayor of Fanwood; Tom Drabic, Transportation Planner, Sussex County.
CRANFORD, NJ - The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) held an Open House meeting in Cranford on Monday evening to inform commuters and residents about the campaign for an equitable number of ‘one seat’ trains (direct into NYC).
“We were very pleased with the turnout,” said RVRC Chairman and Somerset Country Freeholder Peter Palmer. “We were even more pleased with NJ TRANSIT’s announcement that they will find the money somehow to institute after 8 pm ‘one seat’ service as of January 2015. This brings us one step closer to the ultimate goal of ‘one seat’ service during peak hours.”
In an interview with Transportation Radio, RVRC Vice Chairman Tom Jardim said “We need to motivate and rally every single rider along the Raritan Valley Line and beyond. . . because it affects all of us in every community. They need to start pushing legislators and NJ TRANSIT to give us a complete ‘one seat’ ride…it’s a matter of fairness and equity.”
“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