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New Jersey Transit Rider Advocates Question Stealth Rail-Service Cuts

Commuters arrive at the Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station at Secaucus Junction to board New Jersey Transit trains in Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.

Commuters arrive at the Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station at Secaucus Junction to board New Jersey Transit trains in Secaucus, New Jersey, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.

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New Jersey Transit riders would get advance warning of all bus and rail service cuts under legislation state Senator Nicholas Scutari proposed after what he called “cover of night” decisions.

State law requires the agency to issue public notice for “substantial” reductions, Scutari, a Linden Democrat, said in a news release. In May, scores of critics attended hearings for a planned 9 percent fare increase and cutbacks amid a $120 million budget shortfall.