In response to commuter concerns about progress on Track 5 upgrades at Newark Penn Station, the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (RVRC) recently obtained updated information from NJ Transit that still suggests completion in Spring 2015.
There are several issues impacting the progress and could push back the completion date. In recent correspondence to RVRC, NJ Transit noted the work has been hampered by severe cold weather and strong winds as well as the need for long track outages from Amtrak that allow contractors to work on those areas. Transit officials did explain that while it may appear work has stalled or ceased, contractors are addressing infrastructure items not readily visible to the public.
Commuters have expressed frustration dealing with crowding and potentially dangerous situations because of the short platform space during the construction. In a note to RVRC, NJ Transit officials stated, “We are as anxious as you to see the work completed. We are very close and hope our commuters will continue to appreciate the scope of work that has been completed and the difficulties of working in a heavily used station.”
The RVRC will continue to monitor this and other issues impacting the Raritan Valley Line and update the public on a regular basis. For more information, please go to www.raritanvalleyrail.com or www.facebook.com/raritanvalleyrail