Although double-decker trains have been around for nearly a decade, when they first came on the scene they were a force to be reckoned with. A positive aspect of these newly engineered trains were that passengers no longer had to squeeze into the horrid middle seat of a three seater. Every seat on the train is either an aisle or a window seat so passengers no longer have to ask other fellow passengers to move their luggage from the middle seat. This was a very good plan because New jersey Transit customers and its employees had a say in the design process of the new double-deckers. The cars had fifteen to twenty percent more capacity than the single level cars and each cost about 1.9 million dollars on average. In 2006, a New Jersey Transit spokesperson, Dan Stessel, claimed that, “the new cars would be sent to the system’s busiest rail lines beginning December 11, 2006, [and] “over 234 cars would replace some of the 908 single level cars that were currently operating.” Stessel also stated that, “having the double-decker trains on those lines — the Northeast Corridor, the North Jersey Coast Line and Midtown Direct service — would reduce crowding on all of the system’s eleven commuter rail lines.” All in all commuter citizens would not be rooted to the location of their job.
Mass transportation such as trains help reduce traffic along roadways and highways such as the 295, Route 1, and the New Jersey Turnpike. Even further up the turnpike the Holland and Lincoln tunnels are usually backed up relentlessly. Therefore I chose to take the train into the city whenever I can to avoid bumper-to-bumper traffic. Furthermore, trains assist workers to move further away from their jobs so that they do not have to stay rooted in an expensive area such as New York City.
George D. Warrington, the executive director of New Jersey Transit, said in a statement. “While adding capacity, we are able to give customers a new level of comfort with two-by-two seating, as well as more legroom, better lighting and updated restroom amenities.”
Today, New Jersey Transit and its over 72,000 commuters who travel to New York City during the weekdays are happier customers due to the fact that they can finally see why fair rates and monthly passes skyrocketed in years past. A typical adult ticket from Trenton transit center to New York Penn station on the Northeast Corridor line is around sixteen dollars one way. That does not even include paying for monthly hang tags or parking in Trenton. I personally travel from Hamilton Station Park and Ride since Trenton Transit Center and Hamilton station are equidistant from my home in Columbus, New Jersey. Parking at Hamilton is seven dollars per day outside. Many Pennsylvanian commuters also come to this station so parking spots are not always readily available.
A negative about riding the train is the inevitable train delays due to rail repairs. Even until today NJ Transit does not solely operate double decker trains. Some local trains around midday are older, slower, and have less space to relax.
In conclusion, the double decker trains have been a major addition to NJ Transit lines. They create more space for passengers during high peak times and allow for more leg room and seating and even the bathrooms are larger.