Archive for the ‘New Jersey Transit’ Category

Luckily, I avoided a Big Delay in Penn Station This Evening

May 10, 2017

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My commute from Newark to New York Penn Station was pretty much normal today, but as I was riding on the #7 train an announcement popped up on my cell phone saying there was a big delay in Penn Station.  New York Daily News report.

Anyway, the only three things in this world are certain:

  1. Death
  2. Taxes
  3. Train Delays

There will be train delays, the only thing in question is where and when they will occur.  Today, I was lucky and missed it.

NJ Transit Dropped the Ball Today (So What Else is New)

March 15, 2017

NJTransitLogoI was scheduled for a vacation day today so thankfully I didn’t have to face the nonsense that NJ Transit imposed on its customers today.  There was a big snowstorm in the NY/NJ area, but most people stayed home.  For today, the “powers that be” at NJ Transit decided to run a modified weekend schedule.  This article written by Larry Higgs in NJ.com best describes the misery imposed on customers today.

I will be retiring at the end of 2017. So only 9 1/2 months more of this nonsense.

A Tentative Agreement was Reached in NJ Transit Labor Dispute

June 25, 2016

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I guess I was too much of a worry wart as a tentative settlement was reached with two unions of New Jersey Transit.  I guess the “catch” is that the rank and file members of the unions must vote on the settlement.  If they reject it, then I can worry again,

The best commute is an uneventful one.

Oy Vey There Could be an NJ Transit Strike Next Week

June 24, 2016

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Does that headline look familiar?  Back in March there was a threat of a strike, but a tentative agreement was reached at the last minute.  The unions for the locomotive engineers and conductors defeated the proposal by a narrow margain.  Federal officials have asked the two parties to continue a cooling off period until July 16, past the June 30 deadline.

Let’s hope that everyone comes to their senses and comes to a settlement.  Everyone is out for the almighty buck.

The One Train Delay This Month

May 25, 2016

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It seems that no news means good news as I haven’t written a blog entry here in over a month.  The one train delay that I encountered was minor, but it came at a bad time.  The New Jersey Chemistry Olympics at NJIT was last Thursday May 19.  The organizers asked everyone to come in by 8 AM.  With that thought in mind I woke up 20 minutes early to guard against possible train delays.  The “Murphy’s Law of transit delays” happened as a boarded the 7:27 from NYP to Newark.  Door problems delayed the departure for 20 minutes.  I arrived at 8:20.

I Missed Two NJ Transit Delays Today

April 19, 2016

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Sometimes it is a matter of luck that one is able to miss a delay on mass transit.  Today I had double luck as I missed two delays on NJ Transit as both occurred while I was at work.  I receive emails whenever there is a delay as I found out that late in the morning there were up to 2 hour delays on the Northeast corridor caused by Amtrak signal problems.  I still say someone should get a Nobel Prize for solving signal problem issues on commuter railroads.

Later in the afternoon there was a big brushfire in Secaucus just off the railroad tracks.  My train going back to NYC left Newark at 4:22 and passed by the area that was charred by the fire.  Thankfully, I missed two delays today.

I should not feel guilty as another day I can confront horrific delays going to and from work.  I am tentatively planning to retire at the end of 2017, when I will finally be relieved of this miserable commute.