New Jersey Transit announced it has accelerated the restoration of service on the Atlantic City Rail Line and Princeton Branch, or the Dinky, announcing that both rail services will resume on May 12.
The new date is nearly two weeks ahead of the agency’s target date and fulfills the commitment to have these services operating prior to Memorial Day weekend.
“Our economy relies upon our residents getting where they need to go reliably and safely, and Gov. Christie’s nearly decade-long mismanagement of NJ Transit undermined the capacity of NJ Transit to fulfill that responsibility,” said Gov. Phil Murphy Wednesday at the NJ TransAction Conference in Atlantic City.
“That is why I’m so pleased to announce the early restoration of the NJ Transit Atlantic City Rail Line and the Princeton Branch Dinky Line, which will allow our commuters to get to work, school, and back again, free of disruption. I applaud NJ Transit’s leadership for their efforts to improve safety and restore service. Our residents and commuters deserve nothing less,” Murphy said.
“The importance of these rail lines was made abundantly clear during our town hall meetings. The needs of our customers remain our highest priority. I am pleased that we were able to restore reliable services to these regions ahead of schedule,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.
The ACRL will resume with an improved schedule to better match service with customer demand. In response to customer feedback gained through NJ Transit’s listening tour and enhanced customer focus, the new schedule includes an adjustment to a weekday-morning-peak-period roundtrip which fills a gap in arrivals at Philadelphia 30th St. Station during the morning rush hour.
The Agency will now offer five trains that arrive in Philadelphia prior to noon, up from three, and reduce wait times between trains to a maximum of two hours throughout the service day. Similar adjustments have been made to the weekend schedule.
Dinky service will resume with a schedule similar to its previous operation prior to the temporary suspension.