Archive for the ‘New Jersey Transit’ Category

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

May 10, 2017

Penn Station crowded

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 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


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


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

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


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.