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NJ Transit Buses Picking Up The Slack

By Katie Colaneri, WBGO News
South Orange. November 13, 2012

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New Jersey Transit says most of the rail system will be restored to full service by Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, buses are continuing to picking up the slack.

NJ Transit has brought in hundreds of extra buses and drivers to keep up with the demand. Passengers say they’re dealing with long lines, crowded conditions, epic travel times and even an accidental tourist or two.

Melinda Pope from Maplewood says it took her two and a half hours to get home on Friday because her bus driver, who was brought in from out-of-town, got lost.

“Everybody had their phones out. ‘This is the way to go, you need to make a U-Turn and just get all the way around.’ And then when we got back on the right route, he was going to Hoboken.”

Pope says she hasn’t complained about the incident because she thinks NJ Transit is doing the best it can under the circumstances.

Executive Director Jim Weinstein says the agency is working out the kinks as they come.

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