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Fanwood Mayor Takes the 'One Seat' Ride Train To NYC

Monday's inaugural ride was celebrated by public transportation advocates.

Mayor Colleen Mahr, center, She is seen here about to board with Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover, left, and Raritan Valley Rail Coalition trustee and former Westfield Mayor, Tom Jardim. Photo by Brian Horton
Mayor Colleen Mahr, center, She is seen here about to board with Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover, left, and Raritan Valley Rail Coalition trustee and former Westfield Mayor, Tom Jardim. Photo by Brian Horton
Article submitted by the Borough of Fanwood

Mayor Colleen Mahr boarded the first of the "one seat ride" trains at Fanwood station Monday morning, March 3rd, for a ride all the way to New York without having to change trains in Newark.

The Raritan Valley Rail Coalition has worked for many years to lobby NJ Transit to establish direct service to New York from the Raritan Valley line, which accounts for about 10% of the total NJ Transit rail ridership.

For now, the NY Direct service is only offered on non-peak trains, Monday thru Friday. Weekend and rush hour service are both a ways off because of limitations in capacity in the rail tunnel under the Hudson River.

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