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Ada Torres

South Orange, NJ, United States


A NJ commuter perfectly describes her daily commute on the Morris & Essex line as soul crushing and I agree. Although I don’t work in NYC but in Ridgefield Park, I take two modes of transportation to get there – by rail from South Orange and from Hoboken to make connections in Secaucus Junction to catch a private commuter van shuttle to my office. Since the modified schedule took effect, my commuting time is now fours a day. Soul crushing too is when one has to run past crowds in Hoboken train station in minutes to make their second or third connection in either direction with hopes of arrivng home on time or getting a seat. NJ Transit has placed so much emphasis on accommodating NY commuters but not doing the same for the ones who need to make connections to their final destinations from Secaucus Junction. It’s great they offer fare discounts to Hoboken during the “Summer from Hell,” but I cannot enter Secaucus Junction Station through a turnstile with a monthly pass if I’m coming from the suburbs. Rather than holding public hearings to discuss details of the modified schedule and to get feedback from commuters, NJ Transit’s way of approaching it is for us to stick with it.