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Could NJ Transit strike result in stranded trains, riders?

Posted: 11:49 AM, Mar 09, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-09 11:49:08-05

NEWARK, N.J. — As a potential railroad strike looms in New Jersey this weekend, there’s a dispute over how plans to take the trains out of service will be implemented and how that will affect riders.

At Wednesday’s board meeting, New Jersey Transit interim executive director Dennis Martin said the agency has been talking with the unions about how service would be wound down if there’s a strike early Sunday morning.

However, a spokesman for a coalition of unions says NJ Transit hasn’t shared plans or sought input.

It’s assumed trains would have to be gradually taken out of service to avoid passengers being stranded, similar to what NJ Transit did before Superstorm Sandy.

Contract negotiations are to resume Thursday, after both sides reported progress was made during talks Tuesday.