What is the Raritan Valley Mayors' Alliance?

The Case for the One-Seat Ride

Although the RVL is one of the fastest growing NJ Transit train lines, one-seat ride allocation has not changed to accommodate an increase in ridership. The introduction of dual locomotives, which enable one seat rides, were manufactured in anticipation of the completion of the ARC tunnel. When the ARC project was canceled in 2013, NJ Transit allocated dual locomotives based upon ridership at that time. The end result was enhanced service, including one-seat rides for many lines, except RVL. Since 2013, ridership on the RVL has surpassed the North Jersey Coast Line ridership and continues to grow at a rapid pace. In spite of this, it remains one of only two train rides without peak one-seat ride to New York Penn Station.

For further information, view the presentation, "The Case for Raritan Valley One Seat Ride"

Scheduled Commute

Rider takes 6:29pm train from NY Penn Station.

Arrives at 6:47pm at Newark Penn Station

Rider walks to Platform 5

Rider catches 7:00pm train out of Newark and arrives at 7:24pm in Westfield

Total Commute Time


45 minutes



But if there is a delay...

Rider takes 6:29pm train from NY Penn Station.

Arrives at 7:10pm at Newark Penn Station

Rider runs to Platform 5

Rider waits 25 minutes for 7:35pm train and arrives at 7:56pm in Westfield

Total Commute Time


87 minutes



Our Next Steps

  • Commit to rallying NJ legislators to make peak one-seat ride a priority 

  • Obtain NJ Transit commitment to include peak one-seat ride for the RVL in its 2020 budget

  • Have RVL one-seat ride fully operating by 2020

​Action must be taken now as RVL towns can’t afford to wait for the Gateway Program. The Gateway Program, if funded, will not be able to expand weekday morning or evening peak period service until 2030, at best.

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