New Jersey Transit Gets Atlantic City Rail Line Running Again After Months of Safety Improvements

NJ Transit resumes service on Princeton's 'Dinky' and its Atlantic City rail lines on May 12

What to Know

  • After months of being out of service, a rail line that connects AC to Philly will reopen.
  • NJ Transit's Atlantic City Rail Line and the Princeton 'Dinky' Branch will both resume full service on May 12.
  • The AC Rail Line was shut down last year so that positive train control technology could be installed.

New Jersey Transit resumed service on its Atlantic City and Princeton "Dinky" lines Sunday, about two weeks earlier than it had anticipated.

The agency closed the lines last September to install federally mandated positive train control (PTC) safety equipment, which can enable crews to remotely slow or stop trains in an emergency.

The Atlantic City line was supposed to reopen in January, then March, before a May timetable was decided upon.

"I am pleased we are able to restore service sooner than projected," NJ Transit executive director Kevin Corbett said last month. "I know how critical these services are to those who rely on them. I did not want these rail lines to remain out of service for a minute longer than necessary."

The agency now offers five Atlantic City trains that arrive in Philadelphia before noon, up from three, and 12 trains daily to reduce wait times between trains to a maximum of two hours throughout the day. (Click here to get the full new AC Line weekday schedule.)

Similar adjustments have been made to the weekend schedule.

Dinky service between between Princeton University and Princeton Junction resumed with a similar schedule from before its suspension in October due to also install PTC.

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