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New Jersey Transit will restore service on the Atlantic City Rail Line (ACRL) and Princeton Branch on May 12, two weeks ahead of the agency’s target date.
While the ACRL service was suspended, NJ Transit completed the Federal Railroad Administration’s interim positive train control (PTC) requirements and now has until the end of 2020 to implement a fully functioning PTC system, according to a NJ Transit press release.
The agency also completed necessary replacement work on 7.5 miles of track and installed 266 transponders, 17 poles, 20 wayside interface units and nearly 60 miles of ground-based network, including fiber optic cable to link all signal bungalows.
"I am pleased we are able to restore service sooner than projected. I know how critical these services are to those who rely on them," said Kevin Corbet, NJ Transit executive director. “I did not want these rail lines to remain out of service for a minute longer than necessary.”
The ACRL will resume service with an adjusted schedule. Five trains will be added to the route, reducing wait times between trains to a maximum of two hours throughput the day.
Princeton Branch service will resume with a schedule similar to its previous operation.