Lawmakers to fight cuts in train schedules

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Lawmakers in Rockland County are hoping to reverse proposed cuts to New Jersey Transit trains that could impact hundreds of local riders.

Rep. Nita Lowey and Rockland County Executive Ed Day are demanding that NJ Transit stop scheduled service cuts on the Pascack Valley Line, the only commuter rail that connects Rockland County and New York City.

The Garden State transit agency is scheduled to cut two of its four express trains on the line, while changing station stops and train times for other weekday routes.

NJ Transit says those cuts are necessary to upgrade to positive train control technology, which automatically slows or stops trains to help prevent crashes.

That technology is mandated by the federal government after a series of deadly train crashes, including the one in Hoboken last year that killed one passenger. That train originated in Spring Valley.

Lawmakers say the agency has known about the mandate since 2008 and instead chose to do nothing until now.

They say they have already canceled a meeting with the MTA and NJ Transit next month, saying they don't want to participate with the agencies until they have a solution to the impending service cuts.

Go HERE to watch extended footage from Monday's news conference.

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