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Conductors made thousands in overtime despite rail closure

May 7, 2019

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Conductors on New Jersey Transit’s Atlantic City line are earning tens of thousands of dollars in overtime even though the railroad has been shuttered since September.

Philly.com repor ted Tuesday that 18 conductors were working as ambassadors to passengers at Philadelphia-Atlantic City line stations. Records show they racked up more than $164,000 from September until January.

The average overtime pay per staffer in December was $1,957.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said workers were needed to assist unfamiliar passengers. Vocal NJ Transit critic Nick Pittman questioned whether it was the best use of personnel.

The transit organization says service will resume on the Atlantic City line Sunday. The agency closed the line in September to install safety equipment that can enable crews to remotely slow or stop trains in an emergency.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com