Loosen the Weekend Rules for Bikes on Trains

Wednesday, June 20 by silvia

New Jersey Transit is allowing cyclists to get on and off at low-level train stations (think Jersey Avenue, not Princeton Junction) but is adding restrictions on bikes on any train during weekend mornings and evenings. Beginning July 1, bikes no longer will be allowed on trains going into Manhattan from 9 a.m. to noon and outbound from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays. There is no distinction made between those going from, say, Princeton Junction to New Brunswick and those going all the way into Manhattan. Nor was it clear how many people are bringing bikes on trains and why the restrictions were needed.

If you agree with us that the new rules are a bad idea, you can tell New Jersey Transit in the comment section of their quarterly customer satisfaction survey (the latest survey is available through June 28), their online feedback form OR you can speak with leaders directly TODAY (June 20) between 4:30p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Seventh Avenue Concourse at Penn Station.

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NJ Transit and Bikes

Wednesday, August 31 by silvia

While other transit agencies are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to greatly expand bicycle access to their trains, New Jersey Transit has quietly changed its policy regarding bicycles on trains that will severely limit those wishing to take their bicycles with them on their next trip, our friends at WalkBikeJersey report.

NJ Transit is now restricting bicycle access to all of its stations that do not have a high-level platform, including the key Hoboken Terminal. That ends up putting nearly half of NJ Transit’s 163 commuter rail train stations out of reach for cyclists looking to take their bikes. This new policy also does not make a distinction between full-sized, standard-frame bicycles and folding bikes. Read the full report here.

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