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NJ Transit rail to operate on weekend schedule Friday

NJ Transit strike by the numbers
Posted at 6:26 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 06:44:46-04

SECAUCUS, N.J. — With coronavirus taking a toll on ridership, NJ Transit will operate on a reduced schedule Friday.

NJ Transit's rail system will operate on a weekend schedule with fewer trains running on Friday.

During weekdays, eight extra trips will operate between Dover and Hoboken. The Gladstone Branch will not operate on weekends. The Atlantic City line will run on a weekday schedule.

The bus system will operate on their regular weekday schedule.

"New Jerseyans are staying home, heeding the messages of President Trump and Governor Murphy," NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin Corbett wrote in a letter to members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation asking for bailout money. "They are staying off the roads and they are staying off transit. But because of this necessary step, NJ TRANSIT has seen a dramatic 88 percent reduction in system-wide ridership since Monday, March 9."

While ridership is down, costs are up. The enhanced cleaning procedures started at the onset of the outbreak require disinfections on vehicles every 24 hours and at major stations and terminals on each shift throughout the day, Corbett said.