Rockland County enters agreement with NJ Transit, Metro-North

COUNTY PRESS RELEASE– Rockland County was able to gain agreements from NJ Transit and Metro-North after expressing frustration with lack of notice and limited options for commuters during scheduled repair work, County Executive Ed Day said.
“Due to our efforts, Rockland commuters who use the rails will now have more options during this maintenance project,” Day said. “We hope that the actions we took make it a little easier for Rockland commuters to get where they need to go.”

NJ Transit and Metro-North have agreed to cross-honor Pascack Valley Line monthly and weekly passes on both weekdays and weekends on both the Hudson Line and the Main/Bergen line, the County Executive said.

Commuters on the Pascack Valley Line were notified late last week that rail service would be interrupted for six weeks starting a week later on Sunday, September 17.

They were told that substitute buses would run in place of trains from station between Spring Valley and Secaucus.

“It was unacceptable to us that customers were only given a week’s notice and were only told after they had purchased their monthly passes,” Day said.

While busing is in effect:

• Metro-North has agreed to cross-honor monthly and weekly Pascack Valley Line passes on the Hudson Line at Tarrytown Station for travel to/from Grand Central.
• NJ Transit has agreed to honor Pascack Valley Line passes on Main/Bergen line trains.
• Rockland County will cross honor Pascack Valley Line tickets on its TAPPAN ZEExpress buses for commuters who wish to access the Hudson Line at Tarrytown.

NJ Transit has apologized for the short notice and stated that they will make sure the transition is as smooth as possible.

All Pascack Valley Line ticket cross-honoring arrangements requested of both Metro-North and NJ Transit are now in place and the information NJ Transit is providing to customers has been updated.

The Public Transportation Department has also posted information on the county website to ensure Pascack Valley Line commuters have the information they need.

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