All NJ Transit rail service to end early for the day due to union dispute

All NJ Transit rail service to end early for the day due to union dispute

NEW JERSEY (WABC) — All New Jersey Transit rail service will be ending early on Friday due to a union dispute. The last train out of Penn Station for the evening was at 8:05 p.m.

Last trains of the evening from NY, Newark & Hoboken by rail line:

Northeast Corridor: No. 3881 at 7:44 p.m. from NY

North Jersey Coast Line: No. 3279 at 7:06 p.m. from NY

Raritan Valley Line: No. 5747 at 7:13 p.m. from Newark Penn Station

Montclair-Boonton Line to Hackettstown: No. 1085 at 7:22 p.m. from Hoboken

Gladstone Line: No. 443 at 7:44 p.m. from Hoboken

M&E to Dover: No. 6667 at 8:05 p.m from NY

Montclair-Boonton to Montclair: No. 6291 at 7:37 p.m. from NY

Port Jervis Line: No. 65 at 7:57 p.m. from Hoboken

Main Line: No. 1127 at 7:46 p.m. from Hoboken

Bergen County Line: No. 1177 at 8:13 p.m. from Hoboken

Pascack Valley Line: No. 1641 at 7:28 p.m. from Hoboken

Last eastbound trains by line:

Port Jervis Line – from Port Jervis to Hoboken: Train No. 68 at 9:22 p.m.

Main Line – from Suffern to Hoboken: Train No. 1136 at 9:47 p.m.

Bergen County Line – from Suffern to Hoboken: Train No. 1186 at 10:17 p.m.

Pascack Valley Line – from Spring Valley to Hoboken: Train No. 1634 at 9:07 p.m.

Gladstone Line – from Gladstone to Hoboken: Train No. 438 at 9:28 p.m.

An NJ Transit spokesperson said engineer callouts skyrocketed Friday.

“NJ Transit became aware of a rumor late in the day yesterday that the locomotive engineers’ union, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLE&T), could potentially initiate an illegal job action today,” the spokesperson said. “With today’s engineer call outs at nearly triple the rate of an average weekday, it is clear that this is the result of an illegal job action. NJ Transit is disappointed that the union would perpetrate such an act on the more than 100,000 commuters who depend on NJ Transit rail service every day. We intend to explore all legal remedies in response to this illegal and irresponsible action.”

NJ TRANSIT will continue to accept rail tickets on NJ TRANSIT and Private Carrier buses, all three NJ TRANSIT light rail lines, PATH from 33rd Street in New York, Hoboken and Newark Penn, and NY Waterway ferries. Rail customers interested in using bus service as an alternate travel option can go to the “Schedules” feature on the mobile app or website to plan your trip.

New Jersey celebrates Juneteenth as a state holiday on the third Friday of June, instead of on June 19, to preserve a three-day weekend.

The federal government and New York state mark the holiday on June 19, which is Sunday this year and will be observed Monday.

NJ Transit unions will get holiday pay for working Friday, but the BLE&T doesn’t have a contract yet and will not be getting holiday pay.

NJ Transit believes the locomotive engineers are participating in an “illegal job action,” using the Juneteenth holiday to make their point.

The BLE&T is the only rail union of the 15 unions at NJ Transit that has not signed the new collective bargaining agreement, which would have included Juneteenth as a holiday.

The previous contract that they’re currently operating under does not include Juneteenth as a holiday.

All terms of the agreement that were offered to and accepted by all other NJ Transit unions were also offered to the BLE&T, whose leadership chose to not accept it.

Passengers were frustrated at the delays and cancellations.

“This morning, it was a 25 minute delay,” one rider said. “Now it’s this, not an announcement, anybody hear anything? Not a word. This is Governor (Phil) Murphy and Governor (Kathy) Hochul. It’s disgusting. It really is disgusting.”

Others, though, said they supported the action.

“If it’s a union thing, and if it’s for the benefit for the employees, I’m good with being canceled,” rider Christi Anne said. “I come from a family of union workers.”

Another mediation session is scheduled for next week.

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