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Commuters Take to Twitter to Demand NJ Transit Reform

Commuter from Ridgewood has taken his message to the NJ Transit Board.

A group of angry commuters is hoping to bring changes to NJ Transit using tweets.

According to a My9nj.com report, Ryan Kiuken, an HR consultant who commutes from Ridgewood to New York’s Penn Station, is leading the virtual charge.

Kiuken’s fight against the NJ Transit started one morning when he tweeted about his train being late, the report said. When other Jersey residents started retweeting and responding to his post, Kiuken told My9nj.com that he thought it might be an effective way to spark change.

Kiuken teamed up with a Twitter account that tweeted about being “Delayed at NJ Transit,” and from there started connecting with other angry commuters looking for change, the report said.

Kiuken attended the latest NJ Transit Board meeting to voice some of his concerns about the transit system, and suggested the Board set up a better system for being responsive to riders' tweets, the report said.

Rosebud May 20, 2014 at 08:53 PM
I am amazed all these years that no NJ official has ever checked out the Wash DC train system. It is clean and quiet. The NJ Parkway should have used the center grassy area, like wash dc, to allow the trains to run above ground. with an occasional necessary underground portion. And a link to the Turnpike and into NYC. Why has this never been looked at? Are the "car parkway" Unions against it?
Wwe Tensai May 21, 2014 at 07:29 AM
Anyone remember the 70's? During the gas shortages politicians wanted more investment in mass transportation. The oil and car lobbies shut that down.
Ray May 21, 2014 at 09:12 AM
Not to mention NJT has the rudest and most ornery conductors. It is also anti-bicycle. Try taking one and see what you are met with.
Ray May 21, 2014 at 09:12 AM
Why didn't the Patch give the Tweet account?
George Murphy May 24, 2014 at 11:51 AM
PART I __________________________________________________ I have much to say here as a former employee of NJ Transit. After reading the preceding posts, I can only confirm my stance on the agency. __________________________________________________ My work started as an assistant conductor, and then I moved three years later, to locomotive engineer. It was in this position that I ran into problems with management. Now in the late 1980's / early 1990's, there was an on-going effort to continue to improve the then-10-year-old, state-run transportation agency, which I believe was the result of a strong initiative by Thomas Gagliano (who became it's executive director for a span). These are political positions that arise from partisan appointments-the protocol used with any state-run agency. ____________________________________________________ The problem is not so much NJ Transit as it is the State of New Jersey, which is plagued by a heavily-Democrat Assembly. So needless to say, the focus would always be on less-important, trivial matters, as opposed to getting from point "A" to point "B" in the quickest, cleanest, safest and most efficient manner, which is the primary purpose here. Every major drawback with any of these agencies can almost always be traced back to government intervention/interference. Remember. we have both the state, and, federal governments squabbling, with NJT in the middle. ___________________________________________________ To be continued.

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