NJ TRANSIT made the decision to divert Morris & Essex Line
customers to Hoboken for a number of reasons:
This plan avoids overcrowding at stations and on trains throughout the entire rail system, making it the safest alternative.
We have adequate capacity to safely and reliably divert M&E trains into Hoboken with three full tracks available; we don’t have similar capacity into Hoboken from the NEC, NJCL and RV.
Diverting M&E trains to Hoboken will maximize rail capacity by reducing the number of train cancellations systemwide.
The alternative service options provided by NJ TRANSIT are familiar and readily available to M&E Line customers.
To explain the process of how our planners developed the temporary summer schedule, imagine four lanes of traffic on a busy highway that all had to exit onto one lane to accommodate traffic in both directions. The delays would be insurmountable.
That’s what would have happened if we diverted Northeast Corridor trains into Hoboken.
Due to the track configuration off of the busy Northeast Corridor to Hoboken – there is only ONE lane for traffic in and out.