New York, NY —
Some New Jersey Transit trains may be a bit more crowded than usual this morning. The agency's cutting 31 weekday trains, or four percent of the daily load, in order to plug an ongoing budget deficit.
Spokesman Dan Stessel says most riders won't feel the service cuts. That's because the majority of discontinued runs take place during off-peak hours. In other cases, schedules have been rearranged to reduce waiting time between trains.
But he adds that NJ Transit employees will be monitoring the crowding this week, and that the agency may be able to add longer or multi-level trains if necessary.
The cuts come on top of a 25 percent fare hike that went into effect earlier this month. Some cuts in bus service have already begun; others will be phased in over the coming weeks.
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