The Lackawanna Coalition is still alive and looking our for you, the riders on NJ Transit.  We have succeeded in convincing NJ Transit to run more trains for those of us who still need them and ride them.

Historically, we met at Millburn Town Hall since our organization was founded in 1979.  At the moment, most of the world is locked down, and our normal meeting room is closed.  That does not mean we are out of action, though.  We are meeting by telephone conference at our normal meeting time, 6:45 pm on the fourth Monday or every month (the one exception being May 18 because of Memorial Day).  We will keep "meeting" by phone every month until our regular meeting room is available again. 

We still have presentations, the latest news from the Morris & Essex and our other rail lines, and a lively discussion at every "meeting"; just as we did when we met in person.  We hope to meet in person again soon, but in the meantime, wel invite you to participate in our phone conferences.

If you wish to join us on the phone, please send an e-mail message to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will assign a phone number that you can use to call us at the appropriate time.  

We also hope that you will join the Coalition and help us with our efforts to keep our transit going during these difficult times.  Our dues for individual members are still only $15 per year!

In the meantime, don't forget to check our forum on this web site for more of the latest rail news.

 

We are making a lot of changes at the Lackawanna Coalition these days, and we are doing it for YOU, our constituents!

Things have changed in the last few weeks, since the COIVID-19 virus struck our area.  People are traveling less staying home more, and not holding face-to-face meetings at all.  That includes us, as we have been meeting on the phone until Millburn Town Hall opens up again.

New Jersey Transit is still running, and we still have the level of train service that we have historically had on week-ends, plus some extra trains for the remaining commuters; thanks to an effort by your advocates here at the Lackawanna Coalition and our colleagues at the New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers (NJ-ARP).  

We want to keep you informed about the latest rail news and give you some thought-provoking comments, too.  That is why we are bringing this portion of our web site back.  It's all part of an effort to improve our communications with you, our constituents.  Whether you still commute, ride occasionally, or are staying home on a hiatus from commuting, we are still here for you and your community. If you are involved with the life of your community, we will keep you informed about what is happening on the railroad and on other matters concerning your transit.

So check in with us and find out what our members have to say.  We welcome your comments and suggestions, too.  Send us a message at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you wish to comment!

DAVID PETER ALAN, Chair 

NJ Transit Executive Director Veronique "Ronnie" Hakim opened by stating that she considers herself the company’s rider advocate, and recognized the dedication of transit advocates such as the Coalition in promoting the interests in passengers. She highlighted that in her own past experience as a bus commuter and parent, every morning meant going through a “risk assessment” of how much parenting time she could fit in and still make the bus. To that end, NJ Transit is working toward the goal of putting the most timely and accurate information available in the hands of riders.  She also brought up the issue of on-time performance statistics, acknowledging that the single number was often unrepresentative of riders’ experiences, and added that Rail Operations management is working on delivering station by station numbers.

Hakim expressed the view that NJ Transit needed to improve (and is actively working on improving) its relationship with partners such as the Port Authority, NY Waterway, and Amtrak. On the Port Authority front she mentioned an effort to eliminate a part of the holding pattern that buses that don’t have space available at PABT go into, which causes them to go a substantial distance away from the terminal before doubling back through city traffic. She also mentioned trying to build a taskforce of all the players whose decisions affect the flow of buses (such as the NYPD).

On the subject of Trans-Hudson mobility, she stated that all options are on the table, and that NJ Transit is doing what it can to help Amtrak with planning Gateway and the MTA with considering a possible extension of the 7 subway line to Secaucus. She also noted that she has been making an effort to get NY Waterway – a trans-Hudson link that is running at under 25% of its capacity – to promote itself in order to take a greater share of the riders crossing the “[Hudson] Ocean” (echoing a joke one of our members had made earlier).

Her comments on New York improvements were threefold: first, NJ Transit is actively participating in the Northeast Corridor Raceway project of improvements that Amtrak is making between Trenton and New Brunswick. She acknowledged that NJ Transit’s main interests were further north (i.e. the part of the line that all New York bound trains merge into), but felt that investment here could still benefit from a reduced number of late trains – both NJ Transit and Amtrak – that cause substantial delays when they get to New York. She also stated that NJ Transit had a vested interest in ensuring that the process was being expedited as much as possible given the disruption its construction is causing at Princeton Junction and Hamilton. Second, she highlighted an effort to get more timely track assignment information from Amtrak’s New York Penn dispatcher. Third, NJ Transit now has 6 customer service employees on the 7th avenue concourse (the NJ Transit part of the station) whose duties include ensuring the escalators are operating in the right direction.

 

I think I speak for the entire Coalition in expressing our hope that the efforts at improving NJ Transit service for all its riders continue, and that transit management continues to engage us actively as representatives for and of their stakeholders, the riding public.

A controversial deal in which the Port Authority leased the North Bergen park-and-ride lot to NJ Transit for just one dollar a year may be coming undone, and it may have implications for NJ Transit fares, according to reporting in the Star-Ledger by Steve Strunsky (March 20). The deal is under scrutiny because of conflicts of interest allegations involving Port Authority Chairman David Samson, whose law firm had been retained by NJ Transit to help maximize revenue from park-and-ride lots. If the deal were evaluated according to the market value of the lot, NJ Transit might have to pay a lot more, monies that would have to be raised from NJT's fare revenues. The plot thickened when NJT's chief of real estate and development, Michael Francois, said that NJT might consider privatizing its park-and-ride lots, leasing them to private operators.  This raised eyebrows of Port Authority directors, who said the PA might be interested in a cut of any rental income NJT would derive from renting out a lot that the PA owns and was providing to NJT essentially for free.

Responding to a Federal Railway Administration(FRA)  critique of the railroad's "safety culture," which the FRA characterized as "deficient," Metro-North Railroad president Joseph J. Giulietti raised the possibility that the line's attempt to cope with mushrooming ridership may have negatively impacted safety. Quoted in reporting by Matt Flegenheimer in the New York Times (March 15), Giulietti said of mushrooming demand, "That's a fantastic problem to have . . . if you're a well-run railroad." He said that M-N would study whether the increasing ridership had caused it to neglect safety. The total number of weekday trains the railroad operates increased to 690 in 2013, a 15 percent increase over 2004. "At some point, this culture turned into one of, 'How many trains can we get in there and how fast can those trains get in there," Giulietti said.

Metro-North parent Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that more trains were not necessarily unsafe, but that an important factor is how the schedule is arranged to allow tracks to be taken out of service for maintenance.  FRA administrator Joseph Szabo also wondered whether the railroad was trying to run too many trains, and said that he was confident that M-N sister road Long Island Rail Road did not appear to have the "depth of challenges" found at Metro-North.  This may be due to LIRR ridership, which has actually declined somewhat in recent years. But it also could be that the "safety culture" on other lines, including LIRR and NJ Transit, really hasn't been evaluated: the study by the FRA of Metro-North was an unprecedented review of a passenger railroad; the "code name" of the study, Operation Deep Dive, suggested that the FRA had conducted a more penetrating study than usual.

Read the complete story at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/15/nyregion/metro-north-to-study-whether-surge-in-riders-affected-railroads-safety.html

Delays to NJ Transit trains are increasing, and commuters are not happy, according to reporting by Mike Frassinelli in the Star-Ledger (March 14). In all but one of the last nine months, Frassinelli writes, NJT fared worse than in the previous year. February, in fact, was the worst month for train delays in 18 years, even worse than January's experience, which was the worst month in nine years. In February, just 87.4 percent of trains received an "on time" rating: but the standard used for determining whether a train is late allows arrival at the destination of six minutes later than the time printed in timetables, so trains can be behind schedule but not counted as "late." 15,565 trains were operated in February, and 2088 were late. Trains on the Morris & Essex Lines and the North Jersey Coast Line seemed to fare the worst, with only 74.6 percent of trains arriving within the six-minute window. February was one of the worst months for weather-related events, which may explain why the overall performance was so bad.

Lackawanna Coalition member Tim Sevener has maintained a spreadsheet of travel alerts issued by NJT; he was quoted in the article. NJT issued 55 alerts in January and February, with delays ranging from ten minutes to an hour. The weather also caused delays when Amtrak had to close one of the Hudson River tunnels at a time to do "ice patrol" maintenance in the cold weather. Newly arrived NJT Executive Director Ronnie Hakim blamed aging infrastructure; "The rail system is as good as its infrastructure. It's old. It needs maintenance," she said. Social media today allow computers to do more than sit in frustration. Commuter David Speedie was able to send a dispatch from his delayed train: "As I write I am just outside Secaucus on an indefinitely delayed Montclair Direct, already almost 30 minutes late, with the excuse du jour (Overhead wires? Signal problems? Switch problem? Take your pick.) I have been in Third World countries with better transport systems."

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Join the Coalition

Our meetings are normally on the fourth Monday of each month at 7 PM in the second floor conference room at Millburn Town Hall. Our meetings are open to the general public, and we make an effort to be as welcoming and open as possible. When possible we schedule guest presenters from both NJ Transit and other parts of rail advocacy to bring their perspectives. If you choose to become a member, annual dues are $15. Click here to view our list of upcoming meetings, including any special meetings we have planned.

Make Statements at NJT Board Meetings

The reason we make statements is twofold: first, it does sometimes get action from the board, especially if one is persistent; second, members of the press are frequently in attendance, which is one of the ways we get our message out to the public. Unfortunately these meetings are scheduled for the convenience of the board, not the public: they normally begin at 9 AM on a weekday. The public comment period is at the beginning of the meeting (a concession we advocated for), however, which makes this less burdensome than it could be. If you think you may be interested in making a statement, either on behalf of the Coalition or just because you have an issue to bring to their attention, mention it at a Coalition meeting and we’ll give you the full run-down of how it works and what to do.

Distribute Railgrams

The Railgram is our bi-monthly newsletter, which offers in-depth coverage of advocacy issues. It can be a powerful recruitment and promotional tool, but only if it is distributed widely. Members of the organization typically put piles of Railgrams in station waiting rooms – NJT’s anti-leafleting policies prohibit us from handing them out directly on their property. We’re always looking for innovative ways to reach new audiences, so if you have any ideas don’t hesitate to bring them up.

Follow our Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is located here. Use the “Like” button to follow the page, and you will receive updates whenever new content is posted to our website. Please share our page with other friends who may be interested. In addition, we are looking for volunteers to post additional content to the page as well as make posts on behalf of the organization to other pages where discussion of issues of concern to us is occurring (such as the NJ Transit Facebook page).

Recruit

We’re always looking for new people, both to extend our reach and give us a broader-based perspective on transit issues. You probably know other people who commute regularly via NJ Transit. Even if they don’t have the time to become heavily involved, we want to hear from them and get them tuned into our media and the issues we’re concerned with. Encourage them to come to our monthly meetings when they can, even if they can’t do so regularly.

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Despite NJT’s “95% On Time Performance” stat, your train is constantly late

Averages can hide mountains of inequality, and in few statistics is this truer than On-Time Performance. Getting NJT to disclose inconvenient facts can be like pulling teeth, but back in 2010 the New York Times managed. They found the numbers to back up what we all knew: if you commute to/from New York Penn Station during the rush hours, your on time performance is vastly worse than the average [1]. Dover-NYP trains were late a stunning 1 out of every 6 trips during the morning rush, while the evening rush trains were late 1 in 11 times [2]. Put another way, your trains would be late between 43 and 67 work days per year.

What we’re doing: We’re advocating a plan that gets another tunnel into New York Penn ASAP. We want to see NYP’s platforms and access points redesigned to flow better – the trains can leave sooner, and it won’t make you miss them.

NJT should spend more money on the Amtrak route every New York train uses, not new locomotives and cars

How often have you heard the latest delay blamed on "Amtrak Switch/Signal/Power Problems?" While it’s true that the offending infrastructure (some of which is 80+ years old) is owned by Amtrak as part of its Northeast Corridor backbone, NJT runs far more trains over it than Amtrak. We believe that NJT has an obligation to do its part to fix the problem, yet in the last few years they have spent less and less money on Northeast Corridor upkeep. Worse, much of that money has gone to the parts furthest away from New York, where it benefits the fewest commuters. Think about that the next time your shiny new Multilevel train is delayed due to Amtrak power problems.

What we’re doing: We’re advocating for significantly more investment in Northeast Corridor improvements, especially in the most heavily used stretch (from Newark to New York). We’re also advocating a plan that gets another tunnel into New York Penn ASAP.

New York Penn Station is a mess at rush hour

As if aging rail infrastructure that isn’t getting fixed and terrible on time performance weren’t enough, NYP has major passenger flow issues too. It takes an engineer’s eye to spot these problems, but fortunately the Coalition has one: Joe Clift, a former planner for the LIRR. Here’s what he found: there are heaps of obstructions on NJT’s platforms, and thick metal doors that passengers have to hold open to get into the concourse. And as much as we all love them, NJT’s preference for escalators is a liability: they can handle fewer passengers for the same amount of space as the stairwells they replaced, and when they break down they become mediocre staircases with uncomfortably-tall steps. Next time you have some time to kill at NYP walk over to the LIRR side and go down to one of their platforms. You’ll be amazed by how much wider and more open they look (despite being exactly the same width as the NJT platforms) because they’ve been optimized for moving people.

Tip: if you want to avoid some of the crowds during the evening rush, go to the Amtrak side of the station on 8th Ave.

What we’re doing:We want to see NYP’s platforms and access points redesigned to flow better – the trains can leave sooner, and it won’t make you miss them.

By marginalizing Hoboken, NJT is ruining the New York commute

I know what you’re thinking: "I ride Midtown Direct trains to avoid Hoboken and PATH." Plenty of your fellow passengers are going to upper Manhattan, but there are a growing minority that aren’t: local riders going to Summit, Morristown, and Basking Ridge, professionals headed to the growing job centers in Newark and Jersey City, and even commuters headed to Lower Manhattan who can get there faster via PATH despite the cattle-car crowding. Ideally none of these people should be on the overcrowded New York trains, but because NJT has pared back Hoboken service many are forced to do so for part or all of their commutes. Everybody wants less crowded trains, and more frequent Hoboken service is the answer. And who knows: in a few years, you may find a job in one of these locations too.

What we’re doing: We want to see more Hoboken trains run, and for connectivity between New York and Hoboken trains to be built into the schedule.

Sometimes you need to get home outside of rush hours

You unexpectedly got out of work early. One of the kids got sick at school. You stayed in New York to see a show. If you’re used to the rush-hour schedule, you may be in for a rude awakening – especially if you live on the Gladstone or Montclair-Boonton Lines. Some locations have always had infrequent “off-peak” service, but many others lost it within the last several years as a result of NJT’s cost-cutting. For example, Mount Tabor station on the Morristown Line lost 40% of its trains in 2008, and has not gained a significant number back since. In our humble opinion off peak service is an imperative, a matter of basic mobility. Even if we don’t use it every day, we want the comfort of knowing it’s there. For too many of us, it isn’t.

What we’re doing: We’re advocating that NJT improve their off-peak schedule

LACKAWANNA COALITION - P.O. Box 283, Millburn, NJ 07042

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You are invited to join the Lackawanna Coalition!

Whether you are a commuter, an occasional rider, a rail fan, or just interested in our rail service and connecting transit services, we invite you to become an Associate member of the Lackawanna Coalition. You don’t even have to live in a town served by a rail line. All you need is an interest in improving out local transit and some time to spend toward achieving that goal.

We meet in Millburn on the fourth Monday of the Month (evening meetings), and sometimes have other events, too. You’ll learn about our rail service and meet some very interesting people. As an Associate member, you’ll receive meeting notices, minutes of meetings, the Railgram and occasional pleasant surprises. Dues are only $15 a year. Help us make sure that the trains are there for YOU!

 

 


HISTORY

TRANSIT OPERATORS:

  • New Jersey Transit: They operate the service on our Morris & Essex and Montclair-Boonton Rail Lines, as well as all of the other rail lines, light rail and most of the bus service in New Jersey. This includes rail and bus service into New York City and bus service to Philadelphia. www.njtransit.com
  • PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson): PATH trains are operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and operate between the two states. PATH trains connect with our M&E and Montclair-Boonton Line trains at Hoboken. They take our riders to the Financial District, the Village and lower Midtown in Manhattan, as well as Jersey City and Newark. www.panynj.gov
  • Amtrak: Our national rail passenger network, connecting with our rail lines at Penn Station, New York. Amtrak operates service in the Northeast Region to Boston, Washington and intermediate points, as well as branches to Harrisburg and Springfield, Massachusetts. There is also service to New York State and long-distance trains to Canada, Chicago, Florida and New Orleans. Other trains connect at Chicago and New Orleans for the West Coast. www.amtrak.com
  • New York City Transit:. From Penn Station, you can go anywhere in the City on the subways and buses. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates transit in the City, also operates the Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail Road and buses on Long Island. www.mta.info
  • The American Public Transportation Association: (APTA) is the trade association for the transit industry. APTA’s web site has all the information you will ever want about transit in the US and Canada, as well as links to all local transit web sites and many sites for transit advocacy groups in other states. www.apta.com

PASSENGER ADVOCACY GROUPS:

  • New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers (NJ-ARP):NJ-ARP is our sister organization and has been concerned with rail issues on a statewide basis since 1980. Their site contains “hotline” updates and other information about the rail scene in the Garden State. www.njarp.org
  • Regional Rail Working Group:This is an alliance of rail advocates in New York and New Jersey, whose goal is improved service on a region-wide basis. The Lackawanna Coalition is a member of the alliance, which includes local and statewide organizations. www.rrwg.org
  • National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP):NARP is the largest and oldest national rail advocacy organization, dedicated to the preservation and improvement of rail service on Amtrak and the development of new long-distance and corridor rail services. Several Coalition members are active at NARP and former Coalition Chair Albert L. Papp serves as Vice President of NARP. www.narprail.org
  • Rail Users’ Network (RUN): RUN is a national organization that advocates for improvements in local transit, as well as for an improved experience on Amtrak trains. Advocacy coalitions, transit advisory committees and individual rail advocates all comprise the membership of RUN. www.railusers.net
  • Save Our Stops: Protesting service cuts to Mount Tabor Station - The community of Mount Tabor has started a campaign for the restoration of trains tht were eliminated from the schedule, an initiative which we support. http://www.saveourstops.com/

RAIL-ORIENTED PUBLICATIONS:

TRAINS Magazine: www.trains.com

Railway Age: www.railwayage.com

Railfan & Railroad: www.railfan.com

RAILPACE NewsMagazine: www.railpace.com

Destination: Freedom, newsletter of the National Corridors Initiative: www.nationalcorridors.org

FOR RAILFANS:

National Railway Historical Society: www.nrhs.com

Tri-State Chapter: www.tri- state-rail-history.org

Jersey Central Chapter: www.jcrhs.org

North Jersey Chapter: www.nojerseynrhs.homestead.com

Published 6 times a year the RAILGRAM serves as the printed newsletter of the Lackawanna Coalition. The headline from each edition is listed for, however the Railgram contains many other relevant articles of interest.

Click the Railgram date to view the entire edition.

  • November/December 2017 - A Better Gateway: Build What We Need and Don’t Build What We Don’t Need! / Coalition Celebrates Midtown Direct Service to Manhattan, Part 3 / Coalition Calls for Rail Study Instead of Busway Study In Essex and Passaic Counties
  • September/October 2017 - Feared “Summer from Hell” Was Not As Bad As Expected, But It Could Have Been Better / First “Coffee and Commuting” Outreach Efforts A Success / NJT Has No Plans To Give Customers Access to Moynihan Train Hall
  • July/August 2017 - The Hoboken Commute Returns This Summer for Everyone: What You Need to Know / A Historic Moment at New Jersey Transit As Board Member Votes “NO” on Two Issues
  • May/June 2017 - A Month of Madness on the Railroad / Day After Snowstorm, Irate Riders Launch Blizzard of Tweets / The Railgram and Our Website: The Ideal Combination to Keep You Informed
  • March/April 2017 - Coalition Makes Case for Better Transit at Legislative Hearings / Coalition Concerned About Gateway Program Development Corp. Structure / A Midnight Ride on the Gladstone Branch / Remembering Jack McDougal (1931-2017)
  • January/February 2017 - Crashes Highlight Safety Shortcomings / A Better Way to Think of The Cost of a Project / Coalition Celebrates Midtown Direct Service to Penn Station, Part 2 / Remembering Phil Craig (1937-2016)
  • November/December 2016 - Hoboken Terminal Reopens Quickly After Crash, But Outage is Rough On Riders / A Failure of Communication On the Way Back to Hoboken / The TTF Fix: A Mixed Bag for NJ Transit
  • September/October 2016 - New Law Allows NJT To Cut Service By Two Hours Without Notice to the Public / Summer Retrospective: Delays and Frustration, But NJ Transit Survives the Heat / A Transit Anniversary that Got Lost in the Shuffle / Remembering Bill Wright (1930-2016)
  • July/August 2016 - Gateway Splits in Two: Hudson Tunnel Project Now Separate / Essex County Stops Restored on Late-Evening Train from Dover / Coalition Celebrates 20 Years of Midtown Direct Service: Part One
  • May/June 2016 - Coalition Calls for Dedicated Funding for NJ Transit Operations
  • March/April 2016 - 75 Hours Later, Back to Normal / Labor Dispute Continues on NJT Rail; Will Riders Have Trains on March 13? / OPINION: NJT’s Blizzard Decision—The Right Choice?
  • January/February 2016 - Change is Coming to NJ Transit, And It Might Be Good For Riders! / NJT Gives Us Some of Our Evening Back / Community Transportation in Perilous Financing Bind / Coalition Elects New Officers
  • November/December 2015 - New Jersey Transit Eliminates Our Last Trains Without Notice / A Trip to New York, Without the Last Train / Perilous Financing Bind for Community Transportation
  • September/October 2015 - Is Labor a New Ally for Advocates in the Struggle to Improve Our Transit? / Will Transit Riders Be Represented on NJT's Board of Directors / Life on the Pascack Valley Train Line, But Without the Last Train!
  • July/August 2015 - Riders Protest Poor Service, While Objecting to Fare Increases and Service Cuts / Opinion: Moving People Across the Hudson River Until We Get Another Tunnel / Advisory Committee Chair Calls for Stable Funding of Community Transit / Vintage Trains Roll to Celebrate the BMT Centennial in New York City
  • May/June 2015 - NJT Proposed Fare Increases, Service Cuts: Why We Say NO / Gladstone Riders Flummoxed Again / Supreme Court Gives Amtrak a Reprieve, Not a Strong Victory
  • March/April 2015 - NJT Schedule: How Fast Is Your Train?, NJT Making Slow Progress On “Quality of Ride” Issues , NJT Comes Back from Jan. Blizzard Fairly Well, But There Are Still Some Deficiencies, Coalition’s Technical Dir. Elected SCDRTAC Chair
  • January/February 2015 - NJT Schedule: How Does Your Station Compare?, Coalition Elects New Officers, Evening "One-Seat-Ride" Service From New York Comes to Raritan Valley Line, Coming Attractions for Meeting Presentations 
  • November/December 2014 - Must Repair of Sandy-Damaged Tunnels Wait for Amtrak’s $16B Gateway Project? , Fox Returns as NJDOT Commissioner, Troubled Financial Waters Ahead For NJ Transit?, NJ Transit Celebrates 35 Years of Service To the Riding Public
  • September/October 2014 - ARC Is Still Dead. What's Plan B? (Part 1), Rembering the "Edison Electric" Cars, Feds Confirm that the "Dinky" is Now Dinkier, A New Shuttle Can Take You From Gladstone to Chester This Fall, Book Review: Thrills on The Rails
  • July/August 2014 - Lackawanna Coalition Honored by NJT Board and Executive Director, A New Shuttle Can Take You From Gladstone To Chester This Summer, Off-peak Quiet Car Update, Update: Opening NJT Board Committee Meetings to the Public, Twitter Advocacy Movement Gathering Steam 
  • May/June 2014 - Coalition Celebrates 35th Anniversary / NJT Board Begins To Open Its Committee Meetings To the Public / “Quiet Commute Cars” Aren’t Just for Commuters Anymore, But Implementation is Off to a Slow Start / Coming Attractions at the Coalition
  • March/April 2014 - What We Learned from the “Mass Transit Super Bowl”, NJT Names New Executive Director, A Hoboken Cure for the Midtown Woes, Lackawanna Coalition Establishes Communications Committee
  • January/February 2014 - Reverse Kearny: A Step In The Right Direction Or A Waste of Money?, Rider vs. Ticket Vending Machine, NJ Transit's Board and Executive Director Honor Jim Raleigh
  • November/December 2013 - Jim Raleigh, Frind To Commuters, History, Dies at 79, Post-Sandy, Key Trains Still Missing
  • September/October 2013 - Gladstone Branch Service Disrupted by Washouts, Reports: NJT Didn’t Follow Its Own Storm Plan During Sandy
  • July/August 2013 - We're Making Changes to Serve You Better, Rail Advocacy Organizations Elsewhere In New Jersey Are Keeping Busy, Too, Platform Gaps: It’s Long Past Time To Give the Issue Attention, Remembering Sen. Frank Lautenberg (1924-2013)
  • May/June 2013 - NJT Plans to Spend $1.2 Million On Transit Arrangements for Super Bowl, But Coalition Objects, NJT Overcharges Meadowlands Passengers From Morristown Line, NJT Still Not Doing Well, Six Months After Hurricane Sandy, NJT Plans to Extend Summit Interlocking Farther West as Part Of Summit Station Repair Program
  • March/April 2013 - Weekday Service on M&E Still Far Below Normal, Dual-Power Locomotives Run Into Penn Station For the First Time, NJT Expedites Repairs to Equipment and to Hoboken Terminal in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy
  • January/February 2013 - Post Sandy, NJT Rail Service Returned Slowly -- and Still Has Major Gaps, Coalition Calls for Arrow III Cars to Be Overhauled and Operated on Our Lines, Opinion: Don't Rush to Scrap a Proven Fleet
  • November/December 2012 - Good News and Bad News At the NJT Board Meeting in October, Vignettes from a Superstorm: Transit Experiences Post-Sandy
  • September/October 2012 - Weigh In On the Future Of The NEC, Essex Transporation Master Plan To Look at New Road and Street Policies, New Bus Service Connects M&E Line to Sussex County -- But There Are Catches
  • July/August 2012 - Legislature Increases Funding For NEC By 81%, NJT Plans Bus Service Cuts; Coalition Objects, Cyclists Gain Train Access On Weekdays, But Essentially Lose It On Weekends, NJ Transportation Commissioner Visits Coalition
  • May/June 2012 - Coalition Asks Lawmakers to Budget for Third Trans-Hudson Rail Tunnel, Crucial NEC Infrastructure Improvements, Rail Advocate Calls for Light Rail Improvement in Newark, Remembering Donald Payne (1934-2012)
  • March/April 2012 - Coalition Commends NJT Boards's Steps to Boost Public Participation, Calls for Further Improvements, Coalition Calls for Transit Riders to Get Tax Benefits Back, Construction Start Nears on First Segment of Lackawanna Cutoff
  • January/February 2012 - NJ Comissioner Says He Tried to Improve ARC Project While Heading FTA, NJT Board Acts to Improve Meeting Transparency, Tolls Up, Transit Ridership Too
  • November/December 2011 - NJT Settles Dispute with FTA over ARC Funds, NJT Customer Survey Gives Rail Service Lowest Marks, M&E Line Marks 175 Years of Rail Service
  • September/October 2011 - Irene Sidetracks NJT Trains for Three Days, PATH Fares Will Rise Every Year, NEC Derailment Forces Tunnel Closure
  • July/August 2011 - Three Service Outages in Three Days, Coalition Calls for "Quiet Commute Cars" Outside of Commuting Hours, NJT Opts for High-Floor Busses, Bucking Trend Toward Low Floor Models
  • May/June 2011 - Coalition Calls for Affordable Trans-Hudson Project, Coalition Helps Connect New England By Rail, Amtrak Observes 40th Anniversary
  • March/April 2011 - Parts of Amtrak's Gateway Plan Needed Now, but East Side Access Remains Our Goal, Despite Recent NY Fare Hikes, NJT Rail Commuters Usually Still Pay More, Regional Connectivity on the Agenda For April Conference
  • January/February 2011 - ARC is Dead -- Long Live an Affordable ARC?,Christie Proposes More Borrowing for Highway Project, MU Overhaul: Opportunity for Better Service
  • November/December 2010 - Christie Scraps ARC Tunnel Project, New Jersey Transit Restructures Morris County Bus Service, New York Fares Go Up Again
  • September/October 2010 - Use It or Lose It?, State Senator Proposes Increase In Gasoline User Fee, Riders Get Fare Hikes, Consultants Get Big Bucks
  • July/August 2010 - Media Begin Singing Coalition’s ARC Refrain, NJT Cuts Newark Light Rail, New York Makes Drastic Cuts in Transit Service
  • May/June 2010 - NJT Rail: The Highest Fares in the US!, Advocates Protest as NJT Board Approves Huge Fare Hikes, Off-Peak Fare Discounts: A Similar Story, But With a Different Outcome
  • March/April 2010 - NJT Riders Face Steep Fare Hikes and Service Cuts, Moynihan Station Gets Stimulus Funds Along with Amtrak Commitment, Governor Appoints New Transportation Leaders
  • January/February 2010 - Columnist Criticizes ARC As NJT Awards First Contract, Changes to Portal Bridge Plan Warant Federal Review, Coalition Endorses Call for More Transportation Funding From Casino Revenue Fund
  • November/December 2009 - Weekend Rail Service Returns to Montclair, NJT Ventures into Connecticut, Lackawanna Cutoff Project Clears Federal Environmental Hurdle, Remembering Al Cafiero (1920-2009)
  • September/October 2009 - NJT Board Approves Light Rail For Nothern Branch, NJT Enacts FY 2010 Budget, Rail Users’ Network Votes To Put “Penn Station First”, NJT Celebrates Thirtieth Anniversary Without Fanfare
  • July/August 2009 - Montclair Leaders Call For Weekend Service, Corzine Signs Budget With Reliance on Federal Stimulus, Gladstone Substitute Bussing - A Permanent Change?
  • May/June 2009 - Feds Hold High Speed Workshops, Transit Funding and the NJ Political Process, NYC Bus/Subway Fares Rise but Could Have Been Worse
  • March/April 2009 - Coalition Celebrates 30th Anniversary, Coalition Takes ARC Campaign to Capitol Hill, Great Notch Station Reprieved
  • ARC Special Edition - NJT Permanently Bars Amtrak From ARC Trans-Hudson Tunnels
  • January/February 2009 - Coalition Wins First Amendment Fight, Gladstone Line Changes
  • November/December 2008 - ARC Update: Price Tag Rises by $1 Billion, Mount Tabor Blasts NJT For Drastic Service Cuts, Weekend Service back on Gladstone Branch
  • September/October 2008 - Rail Advocate Calls for NJT to be Disbanded, Reorganized, NJTPA Approves Funding to Begin Cutoff Project, Weekend Service Cuts on Newark Light Rail
  • July/August 2008 - FTA, Amtrak Question Current ARC Proposal, Regional Rail Advocates Keep Up the Pressure, Coalition Blasts NJT on Latest Cuts, Busses Replace Gladstone Trains Again This Summer
  • May/June 2008 - Opposition to ARC Project Grows, M&E Off-Peak Service Cut Nearly In Half
  • March/April 2008 - Summit Opposes THE Tunnel project, PATH Turns 100
  • January/February 2008 - National Organization Endorses Coalition's Position on ARC, Remembering George Warrington, NJT Opens New Stations in Mt. Arlington, Wayne, Coalition Salutes NJT Rail on 25th Year