• Petitioned John C. Leon,

This petition was delivered to:

NJ Transit Senior Director, Community & Government Relations
John C. Leon,
Senior Director, Customer Service & Transit Information
Anthony Grieco
NJ Transit Executive Director
James Weinstein

John C. Leon, NJ Transit Senior Director, Community & Government Relations: Restore previous levels of express service to South Orange Station

    1. Petition by

      Scott Greenstone

      South Orange, NJ

In 1999, South Orange, NJ was one of the first towns to be designated as a Transit Village by NJ Transit's own Transit Village Task Force. The Village of South Orange has demonstrated a commitment to revitalizing and redeveloping the area around their transit facilities into a compact, mixed-use neighborhood with a strong residential component.

Last week, NJ Transit greatly reduced service to South Orange station, removing all but few express evening rush hour trains to South Orange, eliminating direct service yet adding multiple direct trains to other towns not designated as Transit Villages.

The South Orange train station not only serves the residents of South Orange, but surrounding towns that provide shuttle service to the station. In addition, South Orange hosts a NJ Transit parking lot that is not for the exclusive use of South Orange residents.

The changes in the schedule have resulted in over-crowded, slow moving trains that stop at every station between NY Penn (or Hoboken) and South Orange. As a result, commuters are struggling to make daycare pick-up times, have less time with family, and arrive too late to patronize our town's small businesses. Families looking to relocate to a commuter-friendly village are looking elsewhere, negatively affecting South Orange property values. South Orange has deeply invested in the success of our train station, only to be left in the cold with recent service reductions.

We demand NJ Transit restore the level of service that a designated Transit Village deserves.

Recent signatures


    1. NJ Transit Responds to Our Requests

      Scott Greenstone
      Petition Organizer

      Our fight to restore the level of train service to South Orange is about to go to the next level. Although we have a petition with over 1100 signatures to help prove our point, it seems NJ Transit is unable to answer our needs in a timely fashion. We are sorry to report that we have heard back from NJ Transit regarding our requests. Although they have added a 9th car to the 6:19 train and are investigating the need to open all doors in Mountain and South Orange stations, they are informing us that they are unable to add any South Orange stops to existing trains. They are going back to their original response that they need to do further evaluations which will take at least an additional month to complete. Any potential change at this point, if at all, will not occur until sometime in 2013.

      More details to follow, hopefully in an email and more updates here.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • jeffrey angel SOUTH ORANGE, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      i live in south orange and commute to NYC

    • David Boerger SOUTH ORANGE, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      missing my kids!

    • Linda Beck SOUTH ORANGE, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      When I moved to South Orange last summer, the train schedule to and from my job in Manhattan was a crucial consideration. The commute was going to be longer than my old commute from Queens, but we decided the sacrifice was worth it given the terrific community South Orange offered. The revised train schedule, which takes away the express train, gets me home just as my kids are going to bed, making the sacrifice an even bigger one. We all want to get to and from our jobs efficiently and spend as much time with our families as we can. Please restore that guarantee.

    • Carla Labianca SOUTH ORANGE, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      I live in South Orange and work in the city, as does my husband. We have two small children who need us to home at a certain time. We moved to South Orange for the convenient commute and close proximity to the city. Thank you!

    • brooke wessling VERONA, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      i think they should cut back on rush hor people


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