NJ Transit seeks to limit homeless at its stations

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit is assessing a pilot program that limits waiting room seating at some of its stations and keeps the homeless moving.

Since this summer, ticketed passengers are allowed to sit in seating areas for up to two hours at stations in Atlantic City, Hoboken, Newark and Secaucus.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Jennifer Nelson tells The Press of Atlantic City the policy ensures ticketed customers have a place to sit.

But some homeless advocates say the policy forces the homeless out on the streets.

Nelson says NJ Transit has a full-time social worker on staff to help people in need of assistance.

Ann Thoresen of the Atlantic Homeless Alliance says NJ Transit allows organizations into the Atlantic City station to do outreach to help the homeless.

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