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No expansion planned for Atlantic City rail line

7-16-14

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit won’t move forward with a consultant’s recommendations for expanding the Atlantic City rail line and boosting its ridership.

The agency had commissioned the $735,000 study in 2009. But spokesman William Smith tells The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1mN15b8) that it wasn’t considered a blueprint for immediate action.

The consultant, New York-based LTK Engineering Services, outlined several ways to expand the line, including the possible construction of a train station in the Pomona section of Galloway Township to connect with the nearby Atlantic City International Airport.

The long-discussed Pomona station would cost about $28 million to build, but no money is available to build it.

The Atlantic City rail line, which runs between the resort town and Philadelphia, has struggled with disappointing ridership and high annual operating deficits.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com