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New NJ Transit Director Making Progress

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Improving the New Jersey Transit system is no easy feat. Over half-a-million people use NJ Transit every day and the company employs 11,000 people. Now, new NJT Executive Director Ronnie Hakim vows to make the necessary changes and she has already done more in the last four months than her predecessors ever have.

In fact, just yesterday Hakim met with a group of commuters who call themselves the Lackawanna Coalition and who care about improving the rail-system. During that meeting she addressed the ongoing concerns and discussed the latest Twitter movement that has helped aid in the dialogue between fellow commuters and NJT employees.

One of the issues that commuters are concerned with involve “quiet commuter cars”, commuters don’t know if they should be enforcing the quiet-zone themselves or if that is the conductor’s responsibility.

“This is tomorrow PM rush-hour platform announcements: ‘The first car of all trains arriving at Hoboken and the last car of every train departing Hoboken will be designated as quiet cars’,” Hakim said.

Another issue that Hakim addressed was congestion on the trains and buses and she is encouraging people to try using the available ferry system.

“People think it’s funny that I talk about ferries because they’re run by private operators, but the reality is when you talk about people who are interested in commuting in and out of Manhattan, ferries is where there is capacity today,” she explained.

Lackawanna Commission Technical Director Joe Clift said that Hakim is stepping up to the plate and really addressing everyone’s concerns.

“She is doing a very good job of listening and she has taken some of the low hanging fruit issues and taken advantage and actually moved them forward like the quiet cars,” he said.

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