Murphy talks Trump and AC rail line timetable

BY David Cruz, Senior Correspondent |

After a brief face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump on Sunday, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed optimism on Tuesday that the administration will take another look at funding for the Gateway Tunnel project. Murphy said talks with members of the administration will be ongoing.

Meanwhile, the governor had some good news for riders of NJ Transit’s Atlantic City and Princeton “Dinky” lines. Murphy said he has ordered NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett to speed up the timeline for announcing when service on those lines will be restored.

“I’ve heard from commuters who have been dealing with these service interruptions and waiting for these lines to start back up. They want clarity. Who could blame them? They are right. They deserve a clear indication as to when that will happen,” Murphy said. “So I have instructed Kevin and his team to announce these restoration dates, not in three weeks, but this week.”

Service was suspended on the lines a year ago so NJ Transit could install federally-mandated safety measures. Commuters have since complained about inconsistent replacement bus service. Local elected officials say the lack of service has hurt the city’s tourism industry and economy.