NJT Strike: Concorde Worldwide Transportation PreparedDora Bellagamba
Tens of thousands of commuters are questioning if they will be getting to work next week as the threat of a strike between New Jersey Transit (NJT) and rail workers emerge. With the two sides not agreeing on wage increase, health care costs and the length of a contract, the possibility of a strike could begin as early as Sunday, March 13, 2016.
NJT is the third largest provider of bus, rail, and light rail transit connecting New Jersey, New York & Philadelphia. If workers go on strike, travelers must find a new way to get to Manhattan. NJT expects to put more buses on the road during the strike. However, the agency could accommodate only about 40,000 of the 105,000 commuters who travel by rail from NJ to NYC each weekday.
A strike would result in complete suspension of all NJ Transit rail service and cripple the state causing major disruptions throughout the region’s transportation system. Residents are asked to put a plan into place and consider car-pooling, leaving for work early or work from home.
In preparation of the strike, transportation companies like Concorde Worldwide, located in central New Jersey, will put every driver and vehicle on stand-by for the onset of calls. “Clients have already booked our vehicles to handle their immediate needs”, states Jeff Bellagamba, Executive Vice President. The company will transport passengers to and from their homes or specified locations to NYC. According to Census data, nearly 24,000 Monmouth County residents commute to Manhattan by automobile and another 20,000 passengers ride the North Jersey Coast Line, the only rail line between Monmouth and New York Penn Station.
For information regarding transportation during the possible NJT strike, contact a customer service representative at Concorde Worldwide at 732.577.0023 or click here. For up-to-date news on New Jersey Transit Alerts and Advisories click here.