"They want clarity," Murphy said on behalf of commuters. "Who can blame them? They are right. They deserve a clear indication as to when that will happen."
Murphy requested NJT announce a specific date before mid-March — when NJT Executive Director Kevin Corbett originally told sidelined riders he'd have an update.
"With great respect for Kevin's efforts and his team's efforts, they can do better," Murphy said. "We all have to do better."
NJT has delayed reopening the Atlantic City Rail Line, even though the federally mandated installation of positive train control was completed in December. The work brought the initial idling of the South Jersey service just after Labor Day.
Corbett has said the line would be back in operation by the end of June.
"With that crisis behind us, our full attention is turned to restoring services," Murphy continued.
Following Murphy's call, Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and John Armato released statements commending his actions, hoping it moves NJT in the right direction.
State lawmakers have scheduled another public meeting on the issue — Wednesday at 6 p.m. the Cherry Hill Township Office.
Riders raged at NJT officials during a similar forum last week in Atlantic City.