U.S. Senator Robert Menendez Statement on NJ Transit Derailment

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez Statement on NJ Transit Derailment

Newark - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today released the following statement regarding yesterday's NJ Transit train derailment near Penn Station.

"NJ Transit users are enduring a 25 percent fare increase and I think they have the right to expect better service. Accidents do happen, but the fact remains that we have a system that is aging and operating at capacity. As demand continues to increase it will be harder and harder for NJ Transit to work around even minor incidents.

"That is why I was so supportive of the ARC Tunnel project which would have doubled train capacity across the Hudson River. It would have allowed us to meet demand, improve reliability, and have the flexibility to work around interruptions to normal service. I will continue to work to have another Hudson train crossing built, but it is frustrating that we had one under construction before it was scrapped.

"It is also important to note that if the House Republicans get their way and transit funding is cut by a third and Amtrak is privatized, incidents like yesterday's derailment could very well become common place."

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