10/24/2014 - Additional ‘One-Seat’ Ride Service in Jeopardy – RVRC to Hold Special Open House Oct. 27

Additional ‘One-Seat’ Ride Service in Jeopardy –
RVRC to Hold Special Open House Oct. 27


CRANFORD – The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) will hold a special open house meeting on Monday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. to update the public on the issues surrounding the “one-seat” ride initiative.  

 NJ Transit’s decision last week to not roll out the after-8-p.m.-weekday “one-seat” service as planned has brought this issue to the forefront. 

 RVRC is a non-profit, bi-partisan advocacy group that was established in 1998 primarily to advocate for a “one-seat” ride into NYC Penn Station for the Raritan Valley Rail Line.  Some progress has been made with the partial deployment of dual-powered locomotives during weekday off-peak, but budget constraints were cited by NJ TRANSIT as the reason no further deployment would be made this year.

 The special Oct. 27 meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., designed to accommodate commuters, will be held at the Cranford Community Center at 220 Walnut Ave., one block from the train station.  A representative from NJ Transit will be present along with Coalition members to update the public regarding service along the line.  The session will give the public the opportunity to ask questions, get information and share ideas.

 “In light of recent developments, it is critical that residents, commuters and businesses attend this meeting and make their voices heard,” said Somerset County Freeholder and RVRC Chairman Peter S. Palmer.  “The meeting is open to everyone from every town on the Raritan Valley Line. Elected officials and NJ Transit need to hear how important the ‘one-seat’ ride is to everyone along this line.”

 “The Freeholder Board is determined to work with NJ Transit to overcome this temporary setback and restore the funding to keep moving forward,” said Union County Freeholder and RVRC Trustee Bette Jane Kowalski.  “The cost of expanding one-seat rides on the Raritan Valley Line is very low, and the payback is enormous in terms of economic development, improved property values, and the productivity of our commuting workforce. Please come out and have your voice be heard.”

 Visit the Coalition’s website at or find the organization on Facebook at

 For further information, contact Mindy Scarlett at 908-499-9298 or

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