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The state’s transportation chief is expected to attend a public meeting here Wednesday on the uncertain outlook for rail service in South Jersey.
Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scacetti won’t be arriving by train.
The 6 p.m. meeting at Cherry Hill’s township building will focus on the months-long shutdown of the Atlantic City Rail Line.
NJ Transit closed the line on Sept. 5 to make safety improvements to the tracks between Atlantic City and Philadelphia. The agency at that time predicted service would resume by “early 2019.”
“It is now well into February,” Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones, D-Camden, noted last week in announcing the public session.
“What is the holdup?” asked Jones, vice chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee and one of several elected officials demanding the resumption of rail service.
NJ Transit closed the line as part of an effort to equip its statewide rail system with positive train control, a safety feature that protects against accidents.
That ended rail service at stations in Pennsauken, Cherry Hill, Lindenwold and Atco in Camden County, and in Egg Harbor City and Absecon, Atlantic County.
NJ Transit as offered alternate service at discounted fares, primarily on bus lines that link to PATO Hi-Speedline.
This article first appeared on www.courierpostonline.com
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