• Svetlana Shkolnikova

Amtrak, NJ Transit execs face frustrated lawmakers

Updated: Jan 10, 2018

Frustrated state lawmakers grilled top officials from Amtrak and NJ Transit about the state of the trans-Hudson rail system Friday, demanding answers for recent train derailments and details on upcoming repairs to New York Penn Station.

In a meeting of a Joint Legislative Oversight Committee tasked with examining transit issues, Assemblywoman Elizabeth Maher Muoio, D-Mercer, said chronic delays over the past month, set off by a pair of derailments at Penn Station, have infuriated commuters and called the competency of both agencies into question.

“I view your mission as being simple: to deliver your passengers safely and reliably and you have failed in that mission,” she said shortly before Wick Moorman, Amtrak’s President and Chief Executive officer, testified. “These delays and cancellations affect people's lives. These are missed soccer games, missed school productions, missed family meals.”

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