It seems that the recently revised NJ Transit train schedules are causing travel trauma to some Baristaville commuters. A rider tells us that she and fellow passengers have been kvetching about about how the 3:37 pm train from Hoboken to Montclair isn’t making its usual uptown stops.
“The new train schedule, has for some reason left the Upper Montclarians “SOL”. The schedule no longer drops off at Upper Montclair or Mountain Ave if you take the 3:37 train home from Hoboken (pssst: this is when the kids go home from the private schools…. All the moms pick their kids up at the Upper Monclair station) Now, students and residents alike must either make a 3:07 train and change at Broad Street Newark (where there is no outside shelter), walk home from Watchung ave–or Normal Ave–or wait until the 4:42 train. I don’t think parents will be too happy about this.”
NJ Transit PR rep Penny Bassett-Hackett tells us that every six months, schedules are revised in relation to demand. She says transit chiefs eliminated the two Upper Montclair stops on the 3:37 train because there just aren’t enough passengers at that hour. (They counted 29…) But what Upper Montclair riders lost, Glen Ridge and Walnut Street commuters have gained – the 3:37 now makes those stops. .”And there are still options for those getting off at Watchung Plaza,” Bassett-Hackett said, “like taking #28 bus uptown, taking a later train, and of course, passengers could walk!”
The schedule changes do not sit well with Jack May, either. May√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s letter to the editor of The Montclair Times claims the reduced train service is putting a damper on his nightlife.
Up until last week ther was a train that left Walnut Street at 11:21 pm which allowed us to entertain visitors from New York√¢‚Ç¨¬¶Now the last train leaves at 10:28 pm
May also points out that a two hour gap at the critical dinner hour makes it impossible to train into Manhattan for dinner and a show. It’s an issue he wants our town officials to address.
I suspect that the Township Council isn√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t aware of this as it has nothing to do with raising taxes or wasting money to put up stupid signs, but it should protest this on behalf of the residents it is supposed to serve.
But maybe, NJ Transit is really just doing us all a favor, and helping us to chill. Results of a NJ Transit study on commuting revealed that the longer you’re on the train, the more stressed out you’ll become. So much for the myth of the relaxing train ride…