NJT Restores Atlantic City Service From Philadelphia

Intercity rail service to Atlantic City, New Jersey, has resumed. New Jersey Transit operates the service between Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

At one time Amtrak operated trains on this route.

The service had been suspended last September for the installation of positive train control on the line.

Along with restoring the Atlantic City trains NJT also restored the Princeton Dinky, which links the campus of Princeton University and Princeton Junction on the Northeast Corridor.

Installation of PTC on the two routes was delayed for several months beyond the projected finish date of Jan. 1, 2019.

The return of Atlantic City service saw the frequency of morning service at Philadelphia increase from three roundtrips to five, but a schedule change has led to some grumbling.

On the positive side NJT established a new morning arrival in Philadelphia. But NJT also ended two post-midnight trains from Atlantic City to Philly that had been heavily used by casino workers.

The workers are also upset that a train that had left at 5:45 p.m. has been moved up to depart at 4:55 p.m., which means those working 9 to 5 won’t get off work in time to catch that train home.

They will now have to wait for a 6:45 p.m. train to return home.

The return of the Atlantic City service was welcomed, though, by some who feared the route would not be reinstated because it has been the least patronized NJT route.

NJT said it ended the post-midnight departures from Atlantic City because they averaged fewer than 40 passengers a day and that alternative bus service was available.

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