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Discussion related to New Jersey Transit rail and light rail operations.

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  by JohnFromJersey
 
R&DB wrote: Fri Oct 22, 2021 9:08 pm The majority of posters on this topic continue to refer to it as MOM. MOM was conceiveed in the "80s as a relief of highway traffic on Rte-9 . Obviously it has never happened. The original concept was commuters. Not going to happen due to travel time, faster to drive. I know, commuted from sw Howell to North Jersey for 18 years..
As several poasters have reconized the real need is regional trasnsport.
Even if it's faster to drive, it would probably be cheaper in terms of gas, parking, you could even do work on the train, freely use the bathroom etc... Too bad people don't know that giving up a bit of speed would really make the journey more pleasurable/productive.
  by ApproachMedium
 
I regularly give up the speed of driving over taking the train from red bank. and I WORK for the railroad. The time i spend on the train i catch up on phone calls, read books, magazines and save a ton of cash on tolls fuel and wear and tear on my car. id choose it any day over driving to NYC.
  by njtmnrrbuff
 
That is true. There is nothing like using a long train ride, even if it's a lot slower than driving, to catch up on phone calls, reading magazines, and books. Those people who live along the Coastline have that advantage. However, if the train ride is going to be a lot slower than driving, that's still an issue at the end of the day. That's why many people who live near Newark are reluctant to take it to the beaches served by the dieselized stretch of the Coastline. If the MOM service were to be a lot slower than driving, the train wouldn't do well with ridership. People who live along the Rt. 9 corridor still have rail options but it does require a lot of driving-Aberdeen-Matawan or Metropark. I think many people who live along the lower end of the Coastline and between Freehold and Lakewood who want to use the train to the city drive to Metropark since there is more frequent service. Residents of Jamesburg and Monroe Twp probably drive to New Brunswick to get the train when heading into the city. However, in a couple of years, they will be able to go to North Brunswick for the train.
  by JohnFromJersey
 
As @R&DB put it, any new versions of MOM proposals need to focus less on NYC, and include more regional options (getting people in center Monmouth County to the shore in the summers, getting people to New Brunswick), and have a Trenton/Philly option.

A two or single pronged MOM would cover a fast amount of territory in NJ that needs more public transportation.
  by njtmnrrbuff
 
The route by way of the Monmouth Jct, Jamesburg, Englishtown, Freehold, Lakewood, and Lakehurst would be fine for a suburb to suburb rail route. There are many people who live in the Lakewood/Freehold area who probably work in New Brunswick so having a suburb to suburb train would help. Of course, this involves playing around with Amtrak on the NEC.
  by JohnFromJersey
 
Throw in Farmingdale-Red Bank and you have an "express" to NYC option.

NJT is one of the largest commuter railroads in the world, and they completely neglect some fast-growing communities in the south and central part of NJ. If NJT is so cheap with money, maybe they should just hire a private company like C&D to run shuttles, similar to BNSF running a lot of Chicago's commuter rail. Shuttles to points where you could go to NYC, or either NYC or Philadelphia. In some places, it wouldn't be faster to driving at all, and in some places (closer to Red Bank and Monmouth Junction), it would. Overall it would be an option for people.
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