Officials call recent talks to avert NJ Transit strike ‘productive’ and ‘positive’

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NEWARK, N.J. — Representatives from rail worker unions and New Jersey Transit say talks to avert a strike this weekend are making progress.

They made the comments shortly after negotiations ended for the day on Tuesday in Newark.

More than 4,000 union employees have authorized a strike for 12:01 a.m. Sunday if no agreement is reached.

If a deal is not struck by 12:01 a.m., trains along the agency’s 11 lines would come to a halt, leaving 160,000 weekday riders to squeeze in a bind. NJ Transit says just 40,000 bus seats will be available under the agency’s strike contingency plan.

A union spokesman called Tuesday's talks "very productive." NJ Transit's negotiator said he was "more comfortable" with the progress of the negotiations than he was Monday evening.

Nancy J. Snyder, Senior Director of Public Information and Corporate Communications of NJ Transit released the following statement:

"Today’s discussions were productive and positive, but there is still more work to be done. Negotiations will continue tomorrow with a face-to-face meeting scheduled for Thursday."

The two sides will meet again Thursday morning.