Thousands of commutes threatened under possible New Jersey Transit strike

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NJ Transit  brass rolled out a back up plan in case the rail strike comes to pass and their predictions of what it would do to the region are stark.

This strike, which could happen on March 13, would have a catastrophic impact — not just on NJT rail riders, but anyone who rides a bus, drives to work, takes the ferry, PATH or light rail.

Commuters upstate, Westchester, Connecticut, and New Jersey will be severely impacted by the strike.

Commute times would be doubled, at least. Bus service would be cut back to consolidate resources — there would be no midday, evening or weekend service.

NJ Transit will send extra buses to five "park-and-ride" locations throughout the state, which will operate on a first come first serve basis. Park-and-ride permits and monthly bus passes won't be given special treatment — all commuters must get in line.

  • MetLife Stadium to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York
  • PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel to New York City (Academy Bus)
  • Hamilton Rail Station to Newark Penn Station for PATH service
  • Metropark Rail Station to Harrison PATH Station
  • Ramsey/Route 17 Rail Station to Lincoln Harbor Ferry, Weehawken

But NJT recognizes this plan would fall far short: only 40% customers could be accommodated. 10,000 extra drivers are predicted to take to the road per hour, which would produce enormous traffic jams throughout the region — extending 25 miles in some cases.

All parties are on their way to D.C. Thursday to try and negotiate a deal. Railworkers say they want NJT to budge on healthcare costs and wages.