Update: NJ Transit responds to your reviews of the River Line

Last week, you gave us your impressions of the River Line and told us what you liked about it and what you thought needed to be improved. This week, we took your comments to NJ Transit and asked a spokesperson to respond to your reviews of the light rail line.

NJ Transit spokesperson Nancy Snyder answered some of your questions, which addressed the River Line’s current route, its schedule and what the future might hold for South Jersey transportation.

You can listen to Snyder’s responses in the audio link above this story.

Many of your comments came to us in a survey we conducted last week asking about your impressions of the light rail line. The survey was part of a series of stories from NewsWorks on the economic impact. We wanted to know how the line has changed the way you commute or if its had any affect on your neighborhood or town.

Although we’ve wrapped up our two part series on the River Line, we still want to hear from you. We’re leaving our survey open through Friday, June 29.

You can also continue to comment on our River Line series and the information from our survey in the comments below.

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The graphs to the right show some of the answers we got in the survey.

Some notable responses

We’ve selected some of your answers to the survey questions below. Each question has a link to the complete list of responses.

What’s the first thing you think of when you think about the River Line? (all responses)

“That I’m amazed people continued to use it past the first year. It’s a great public transit resource for those that use the River Line.”
“It is a great beginning, but it doesn’t help people like me who need to commute Jun 14, 2012 3:55 PM from the Woodbury area to the Trenton area. Driving takes me 1 hour one way, but by RiverLine and Bus would take 20 hours. The connections are too sporadic to get me to my work location.”

If you had planned the River Line, where would you have routed it? What areas of the state would you have covered? (all responses)

“Along the existing tracks along the Route 38 corridor through Moorestown and Mount Laurel.”
“Along the river is fine, but we need more of these connecting points in South Jun 14, 2012 3:55 PM Jersey (e.g. Salem/Gloucester Co.) to central Jersey train stations, including more expresses.”

How has the River Line changed the traffic or your commute in South Jersey? (all responses)

“Good alternative to driving into Philadelphia to work. (change trains in Camden)”
“Can’t remember the last time I’ve driven if I needed to go anywhere along the route.”

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If you could change one thing about the River Line, it would be ________. (all responses)

“More more more. More cars on each train, more frequent service (every 15 minutes all day), later service (the last trains leave Trenton and Camden at 9:00, making it impossible to use the River Line for Philadelphia nightlife).”
“More frequent trips after rush hours and definitely on concert nights right through bar closing times.”

Although we’ve wrapped up our two part series on the River Line, we’re keeping the lines of communication open. You can take the survey through next week.

You can also continue to comment on our River Line series and the information from our survey in the comments below.

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