Metro-North May Withhold More Money From NJ Transit

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Metro-North plans to withhold additional funding from NJ Transit if service doesn't improve on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines, which takes New Yorkers through New Jersey on their way down to New York City.

The Journal News reports Metro-North might withhold another five percent of what it pays NJ Transit, for a total of 15 percent, $3.4 million per year.

Commuter Stacey Maszel laments the Pascack Valley line lost two express trains and the service continues to be subpar.

"Cancellations, delays, no communication. We tweet and ask for information and never get it," Maszel said.

She fears service will continue to go down hill if Metro-North goes through with the plan.

"I honestly think it will impact passengers,"  Maszel said. "It'll totally backfire, we'll get a fare increase for less service."

NJ Transit has been dealing with an engineer shortage.

New classes are being trained and NJ Transit expects improvements will come throughout 2020.

In New Jersey, Senate President Steven Sweeney is putting pressure on NJ Transit to fix the problem.