Commuters head to Twitter as NJ Transit cancels over 20 trains
Over 20 NJ Transit trains were cancelled Monday evening, causing commuters to take to social media to vent their frustrations.
As of 7 p.m. 22 trains were cancelled, including nine on the Montclair-Boonton line, according to the latest travel alerts from NJ Transit.
@NJTRANSIT what’s going on with the montclair boonton line? Canceled trains left and right lately can you provide a legit explanation?
— Brian 12up (@Brian_12up) September 24, 2018
All of the cancellations were because of a lack of “engineer availability,” the alerts stated.
One of the people that work at Newark Penn told my wife you guys do not have enough Engineers trains of being cancelled you got to pay these guys and keep them here give him some kind of incentive tax break something
— MARK O’NEAL Photogr (@MOPHOTO68) September 24, 2018
There were five cancellations on the Morris & Essex Line, five on the Main/Bergen line and three on the Pascack Valley Line.
Several other trains on various lines were reported to be late due to mechanical problems, congestion and “equipment availability.”
NJ Transit Spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said there is currently a “shortage of engineers” and that NJ Transit is actively recruiting them.
Snyder said work is also “ramping up” on the installation of the Positive Train Control safety system on NJ Transit trains and that it “pulls out crew and equipment.”