New Jersey Transit to Get Atlantic City Rail Line Running Again 2 Weeks Ahead of Pushed-Back Schedule

NJ Transit resuming 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 a couple weeks before Memorial Day Weekend.
  • 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 September so that Positive Train Control technology could be installed.

New Jersey Transit will resume service on its Atlantic City and Princeton "Dinky" lines on May 12, about two weeks earlier than it had anticipated.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy made the announcement Wednesday at a transit conference in Atlantic City.

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. "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 will now offer five 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.

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