NJ Transit Leads US Rail Systems in Mechanical Failures For Second Straight Year

Jan 20, 2021

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NJ Transit, for the second straight year, has a distinction it would rather not have.

NJ Transit trains had the highest number of mechanical failures of any system in the country in 2019 -- 351-- according to the Federal Transit Administration.

NJ Transit is third largest commuter railroad in the US in terms of miles traveled.

The railroad would only respond with an emailed statement, saying that over the past few years it has ordered new and more reliable buses, train cars and engines, making up for what it called a decade of disinvestment.

NJ Transit, for purposes of comparison, said reporting the number of failures per mile presents a more accurate picture of reliability.