Lackawanna Cut Affects County
PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ALLOWS CURTAILMENT OF TRAINS. SOME
DISCONTINUED ON SUSSEX BRANCH
The Public Utilities Commission on Saturday authorized
the curtailment of passenger train service on the Lackawanna Railroad
between Dover and Phillipsburg and on the Sussex Branch, affective July
It is said the order is substantially a ratification
of an agreement reached by the railroad and numerous objectors at a
hearing before the Board in Newark May 27. The agreement represented
a compromise of the railroad's original plan to eliminate a score of
trains. The commission Commented:
"The board congratulates the company and the persons
served on their appreciation of the problem and their co-operative spirit
in laying a basis for its solving."
The decision considers the financial condition of the
Lackawanna. It concedes some of the public will be affected adversely
by withdrawal of parts of the service, but stresses the ultimate objective
is to maintain preservation of the railroad system.
Proof was offered indicating the proposed curtailment
would reduce operating losses about $4,670 a month, after including
probable losses in revenue. Traffic checks showed several of the trains
carried no passengers and others only a small number.
Trains discontinued that will affect Sussex county
are as follows:
Eastward-Newton (12:30 P.M.) to Dover.
Westward- Sundays, Dover, (1:29 P.M.) to Newton.
Eastward- Branchville (6:40 A.M.) to Newton.
Eastward- Branchville (7:03 P.M.) to Newton.
Westward- Newton (6:10 A.M.) to Branchville.
Westward- Netcong (9:45 A.M.) to Newton.
Westward- Newton (Saturday only) (4:08 P.M.) to Branchville.
Westward- Newton (6:43 P.M.) to Branchville.
Westward- Sundays, Netcong (11:03 P.M.) to Branchville.