Fate of Atlantic City rail line in hands of government shutdown

The suspension of New Jersey Transit's Atlantic City Rail Line has begun. Regular riders are finding alternatives, like an express shuttle from Lindenwold to Atlantic City.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — It could be awhile before we see resumption of service along the Atlantic City rail line, idled by New Jersey Transit since September.   

The agency is awaiting approval from the Federal Railway Administration on a two year extension for final installation of Positive Train Control on the entire rail system. There’s enough in place to keep current service going, but Atlantic City line staff and equipment have been diverted up north, where there are far more riders in need. 

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The rules allow the FRA to take up to 90 days to approve that extension. But the partial government shutdown has partially affected the FRA, which could delay that approval.

No one is available in Washington D.C. to discuss it and New Jersey Transit is sticking with its “early 2019” promise to get the Atlantic City line back on track.