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Friday, March 03, 2006

Don't set your watch by on-time trains

So NJ Transit is boasting about having a perfect day Feb. 23. Yes, all 731 of its trains arrived on time that day. That's quite an achievement for a winter weekday, executive director George Warrington said.

But then there's the fine print. "On time'' means they arrived within six minutes of their scheduled time. We can imagine the commuter pulling into a hard-to-find parking space. dashing to the station and up to the platform, only to wait six minutes for the on-time train.

Warrington pointed out that NJ Transit's trains have been on time 94.5 percent of the time. Nineteen out of 20 is quite impressive. But what is the agency doing to trim its definition of "on time'' to, say, five minutes of the scheduled time, not to mention right on time?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That does seem ridiculous. On a cold morning waiting for the train, I feel like any more than 2 minutes behind schedule is a HUGE annoyance. And I would not consider that train on time, never mind one that is 6 minutes late.

3:52 PM, March 03, 2006  
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