GLEN ROCK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New information exhibits NJ TRANSIT delays proceed regardless of decrease ridership attributable to the coronavirus pandemic.
So what ought to individuals anticipate as soon as extra begin utilizing public transportation once more?
As firms push to have their workers return to work within the fall, the outlook for commuters isn’t nice.
When requested by CBS2’s Meg Baker what employers ought to anticipate, Stephen Sigmund, chief of public outreach for the Gateway Program, stated, “I believe briefly time period I believe you’re going to see persevering with delays.”
Sigmund stated the Hudson River tunnel already had 22 days of delays in 2021. That’s one each 4 days.
NJ TRANSIT has the worst on-time file within the nation and is the costliest to trip.
“For Jersey to compete and appeal to households and companies and for America to win within the world market, we should flip this round,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer stated.
Gottheimer stated there may be hope for the long run attributable to a brand new partnership with President Joe Biden’s administration and bipartisan laws.
“Which incorporates important funding in New Jersey’s transit system, from the rails and prepare vehicles to the Gateway Tunnel,” Gottheimer stated.
If issues don’t enhance, transit consultants say it’s going to additional negatively impact employment fairness and the atmosphere. Felicia Park Rogers is with the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.
“We’ll expertise large automobile congestion. The automobile congestion is already at 95% of pre-COVID ranges and ridership on transit is low, indicating persons are selecting their vehicles over transit,” Rogers stated.
She stated she fears what consultants name a “demise spiral” — the extra folks that don’t trip, the much less fare income. Much less cash means much less service.
Gottheimer stated he’s hoping for a vote on the federal transportation invoice earlier than the August recess.
The bipartisan infrastructure invoice contains cash not just for the Gateway Tunnel Project and rails, but in addition for roads, bridges, broadband, and fixing lead pipes.
CBS2’s Meg Baker contributed to this report.