New Jersey commuters, especially rail riders, aren’t yet back to pre-pandemic numbers on public transit. NJ Transit reports that weekday ridership on the rails is still about 50% below pre-COVID-19 levels. More people are taking the bus but the real recovery in commuting traffic is on the highways, and at bridges and tunnels.
“The traffic’s terrible. It’s perhaps the worst it’s ever been,” said Robert Sinclair of AAA. Janna Chernetz of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign says that NJ Transit needs more input from its customers and that two board vacancies for a bus and rail rider should be filled.