Atlantic City Rail Line
On August 3, 2018, New Jersey Transit announced that they planned to suspend the Atlantic City Rail Line (ACL), which runs from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station through South Jersey ending in Atlantic City. It is the only rail line NJ Transit operates in the southern part of the state and the only rail line that runs to Atlantic City. The suspension – which was needed for safety upgrades to the line – started on September 5, 2018 and did not return to service until May 24, 2019. The lack of available technicians forced the agency to split their workforce between south and north Jersey in order to complete the upgrades before the December 31, 2018 federally-mandated deadline. CCSNJ submitted written testimony to the Joint Transportation Committee hearing on the closure, along with a map designed to show how many casino employees live throughout Southern New Jersey that could potentially be impacted. The AC Line resumed service on May 24, 2019, month after the initial reopening date given by New Jersey Transit.