ATLANTIC CITY — While NJ Transit has said a need for federal approval is one reason it has not restored service on its Atlantic City line and other suspended services, a Federal Railroad Administration spokesman said the FRA has no role in reopening those lines.
FRA spokesman Warren Flateau told NJ.com that “NJ Transit may, at any time, resume commuter service on those lines.”
In addition to the Atlantic City line, the commuter railroad has suspended service on its “Princeton Dinky” shuttle service between the Northeast Corridor and the Princeton University campus, as well as through service to New York on the Raritan Valley line. It cited the need for federal approval as one factor in delaying the restoration of service until at least April, after initially promising it would be resumed by Jan. 1.
David Peter Alan, chairman of the Lackawanna Coalition, a commuter advocacy group, told NJ.com, “We are relieved to know that NJ Transit can restore service on every line without special permission. That is one excuse for delay that they cannot invoke. We are tired of waiting, and we want all of our trains back.”