NJ Politics Digest: Could Amtrak Throw A Lifeline to Stranded NJ Transit Commuters?

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Amtrak could save the day for New Jersey commuters. oe Raedle/Getty Images

Amtrak won’t allow NJ Transit trains to operate on its tracks if the state agency fails to meet a Dec. 31 deadline for installing crash-prevention technology on its cars. But the federal rail agency says it has a solution that won’t leave commuters in the lurch.

Speaking before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson said his agency could provide locomotives and crews to operate trains equipped with the postitive train control-equipped trains for NJ Transit, according to a northjersey.com report.

New Jersey Transit was one of seven railroads fined by the Federal Railroad Administration on Thursday for missing a deadline to install the positive train control system, according to a report by NJ.com. The federal agency did not disclose the size of the fine. Amtrak was fined for failing to file its progress report on time, the report said.

Quote of the Day: “Everybody’s looking at how Gov. Murphy can keep his promises in a very difficult budget year without much of an appetite for higher taxes. If you don’t have the millionaire’s tax and you don’t have marijuana, there’s only so much you can do.” — Lobbyist Bill Pascrell III, on a prominent topic of conversation during the annual state Chamber of Commerce trip to Washington.

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NJ Politics Digest: Could Amtrak Throw A Lifeline to Stranded NJ Transit Commuters?