NEWARK — NJ Transit followed through on Gov. Phil Murphy's promise to better communicate with the public by announcing on Sunday night that four trains would be canceled Monday morning.

Five more trains was added to the list on Monday morning for a total of 7 as of 6:20 a.m.

Riders have become increasingly frustrated with the trains being canceled because of engineer shortages, unexpected absences and equipment taken offline for positive train control emergency brake installation. Until now the cancellations were announced the same morning often as riders were already at their stations.

Murphy at a meeting with NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett on Thursday promised a "much more robust and direct communication strategy that will have predetermined services due to PTC implementation clearly posted in every affected stations."

The governor said that riders understand that PTC installation will make for a safer ride but that the railroad be more up front with riders about its affect on their commute.

He also proposed the agency go on a "war room mentality" during the installation to improve service.

The tweets  about Monday's cancellations began appearing around 8 p.m. on Sunday.

NJ Transit spokesman Nathan Rudy said that as soon as the agency is aware of an issue that could cause a  cancellation it alert riders and continue a policy of early announcements.

The 7 cancelled trains for Monday announced as of 5:55 a.m. on Monday:
(* - denotes trains canceled on Sunday night)

Bergen/Main

  • 5:29 a.m. (#1146) from Suffern due to mechanical problems
  • 4:35 a.m. (#0044) from Port Jervis due to mechanical problems

Montclair Boonton

  • 8:56 a.m. (#6216) from Montclair State due to PTC equipment availability*
  • 7:40 a.m. (#6215) from Penn Station NY due to PTC equipment availability*

Morris & Essex

  • 5:54 a.m. (#6610) from Dover due to PTC equipment availability*

Northeast Corridor

  • 5:07 a.m (#3813) from Penn Station NY due to equipment availability
  • 8 a.m. (#3838) from Trenton due to PTC equipment availability*

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