Saturday, June 09, 2012

New Jersey Transit To Vote On New Bike On Rail Rules

On Monday June 11th the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors will take up recommendations to improve the agency's bikes on trains policy.

Last year you may recall that NJT modified their bike on board policy by forbidding bicyclists to use low platform stations. More than half of the stations in the northern half of New Jersey are low level platforms making the train inaccessible for thousands of bicyclists.

In September of 2011 WalkBikeJersey blogger Andrew Besold launched a campaign to reverse the rule changes in the policy. The campaign generated over 300 emails to NJ DOT Commissioner James Simpson. Much to his credit Commissioner Simpson responded by directing NJ TRANSIT to assemble a task force to look at the bicycle policy. The task force returned with recommendations including restoring bike access to low platform stations.

If you use NJ TRANSIT trains and can afford to take the day off then show your support for better bike on rail access by attending the board meeting at NJ Transit Headquarters Building, One Penn Plaza East, Newark, NJ Monday at 9AM.