Looming NJ Transit Strike to Impact Flyers and Commuters
A massive rail strike is slated to go into effect this Sunday at 12:01 a.m., shortly before Daylight Saving Time takes effect.
Negotiations resumed late Friday morning between NJ Transit and its rail worker unions. Workers are seeking a 2.6% salary increase and more cost-effective health care benefits with a lower employee contribution.
Neither side has issued a statement but NJ Transit special counsel told reporters Friday morning that “today’s the day” to finalize a deal.
Should the strike take place, it will impact over 100,000 commuters come Monday and immediately impact travelers wishing to go to or from Manhattan to Newark Liberty International Airport because there will be no NJ Transit service to the airport’s rail link station.
Amtrak trains from Penn Station will continue to offer service to the airport and NJ Transit buses will continue to operate. AirTrain Newark will continue to operate as well.
Commuters will be able to take Path trains and NJ Transit said it will maximize capacity during morning and evening rush hours. Another alternative is the ferry near the Hoboken Path station.
Meanwhile, drivers should expect delays on bridges and tunnels linking New York City and New Jersey and officials are encouraging people to consider carpooling and traveling outside of peak travel times.
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