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Now Law: Pennacchio Bill Protecting NJ Transit Riders with Service Dogs from Discrimination

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Governor Chris Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris, Essex, Passaic) to prevent New Jersey Transit from denying a person with a service dog access to any vehicle.

Sen. Joseph Pennacchio’s anti-discrimination bill prevents NJ Transit from denying a person with a service dog access to any vehicle. (Flickr)

“We have a responsibility to remove any obstacle that could prevent people with service dogs from accessing public transportation,” Senator Pennacchio said. “This is a commonsense update to existing law that will ensure people with service animals have the same quality access to the buses and trains utilized by thousands of NJ Transit commuters every day.”

Senator Pennacchio’s bill, S-1379, codifies existing New Jersey Transit practices to ensure they are uniform across every transportation platform in the state, particularly NJT’s Access Link service.

The bill also established the Access Link Customer Service Group, which will be tasked with acting upon customer complaints.

“No one should be denied access to public transportation because of a disability,” Senator Pennacchio added. “I am grateful to Senator Turner for leading the charge to pass our bill, and to Governor Christie for recognizing the critical need for this legislation.”

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