Archive for April, 2015

New Jersey Transit Has New Tickets for May

April 28, 2015

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I just got my May ticket from my payroll office and noted a change.  There is a bar code on the left side which was not there before. I assume that the conductors will scan each ticket as they pass by each rider.  Apparently NJ Transit is having a problem with forged tickets.  When riders forge tickets and get away with their crime, the honest customer has to pay for it.  NJ Transit is asking for a 9% fare increase so that could compel people to try to beat the system.

E-Mail Announcements of Train Delays are Very Useful

April 20, 2015

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For the second time in two weeks I received an e-mail saying that Train 3856 which is scheduled to stop in Newark at 4:22 PM on the way to NYC was cancelled due to mechanical failure.  Whenever that happens the following Train 3858 which stops at Newark at 4:38 is delayed.  Luckily, both times I was able to avoid this mess by altering my plans accordingly.  Today the 3858 was actually 25 minutes late so I really would have been screwed if I kept to my usual plan.

An once of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  I wish NJ Transit would try to avoid delays so they wouldn’t have to announce them.

New Jersey Transit is Threatening a Fare Increase

April 3, 2015

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I just heard this on WBGO and read the story from WABC TV.  There will be public hearings, but of course those will be “kangaroo courts.”  I think it is a done deal.  Perhaps the increasing will be smaller than threatened.  Inevitably, when the fares go up, the quality of the service goes down.