A New Jersey Transit train arrives at Hoboken Terminal during morning rush hour

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Dozens of NJ Transit cancellations blamed on ‘operational issues’

August 07, 2018 - 6:34 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New Jersey Transit hopes Tuesday’s morning commute will be much easier for riders after the railroad cancelled over a dozen trains Monday due to “operational issues.”

Without completely explaining the issues, NJ Transit officials said trains were canceled due to a higher-than-usual number of engineer absences as well as federally mandated positive train control installation.

However, Janna Chernetz of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign said the main issue with NJ Transit is a lack of funds.

“New Jersey Transit needs has to be able to pay the engineers and pay management competitive salaries,” said Chernetz. “That’s also due to a lack of adequate funding.”

Trains are unable to operate without engineers, many of whom have left to work for Metro North and Amtrak.

A contract clause also allows NJ Transit engineers to suddenly take off on days they are scheduled to work.