NJ Transit expects to lose riders after rate hike

Submitted by ragnarok on Tue, 04/20/2010 - 12:08
NJ Transit

Anonymous (not verified)

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 18:51

I am a Software Engineer who worked in the city for 9 years and had to ride the Northeast Corridor from Princeton Junction to New York City.

In those 9 years I experienced... train delays, signal problems, fires, suicides, obnoxious conductors, crowded trains, hot trains, drunk passengers, ridiculous fare prices, dirty trains, bums on trains, inadequate seating, announcement problems, and the list goes on and on.

Thank you NJ transit for making me vow never to work in New York City again, and for hours of misery and suffering.

Thanks ratenjtransit.com for giving a voice to all the commuters who are forced to endure the most horribly run public transit system I have ever experienced.

Your comments: NJ Transit expects to lose riders after rate hike

I've decided that indeed it is cheaper to drive to work. I know I am not alone. NJTransit is shooting itself in the foot with this fare increase, as I believe way more riders than they think will no longer be using the service.

NJ.com has a opinion posting about this topic, where folks are weighing in about how they are being priced out of using NJTransit as well. Here's the link:

An excerpt:
NJ Transit knows there are commuters who will avoid the new record-tying fare hike by finding another way to commute. The Star-Ledger reports that transit officials have a name for that kind of exodus - "diversion" - and NJ Transit expects there will be a 5 percent diversion after the rate increase kicks in May 1.

This article is picking up comments from commuters in the NJ.com community. Here's one from dontgivein:

I have a prediction -- many riders are already prepared for this and won't be taking the train. A lot of car pooling is being planned right now. NJ Transit will be shocked at the loss of riders. I can envision a loss of more than 10 percent.

It now makes more sense to drive to Weehawken, park the car and take a ferry to get to midtown Manhattan vs. taking the train into Penn Station.

Adios NJ Transit!