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Beck: NJ Transit Must Stand Firm on Contracts & Fares

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Analysis Shows NJ Transit Riders Pay Highest Fares in Nation

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that a new report showing that NJ Transit riders pay the highest fares in the nation should prompt the rail agency to stand firm to a pair of rail worker unions that just voted to reject a new contract.

Sen. Jennifer Beck called on NJ Transit to stand firm for commuters in contract negotiations with unions to prevent highest-in-the-nation fares from climbing even higher. (SenateNJ.com)

The fare analysis, conducted by the New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers, compared the fares charged by the nation’s largest rail systems.

“It’s not surprising that NJ Transit riders pay the highest fares in the nation,” said Beck. “After being hit with a 9 percent fare increase last October, commuters who depend on NJ Transit to get to work are at a breaking point.”

NJ Transit reached a tentative agreement with a coalition of rail worker unions in March to avoid a strike. The negotiated contract was reported to have met virtually all of the demands of the unions, including retroactive pay increases of 21 percent over the term of the contract.

Two unions, the United Transportation Union and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, have rejected the contract. The other unions that were part of the negotiations have approved the contract which is now in effect for their members.

“If anything, NJ Transit gave too much in negotiations, but they acted in good faith and most of the unions responded by approving the contract,” added Beck. “In future contract negotiations, NJ Transit must stand firm for commuters against any unreasonable demands that would drive fares even higher.”

Beck is the sponsor of S-960, the “Rail Passenger Bill of Rights.”

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