Rail Curtailment Hearing Postponed
Newton--The scheduled hearing on the petition of the
Erie Lackawanna Railroad to discontinue service to the Sussex County
area has been postponed indefinitely.
This was revealed by the State Highway Department on
Tuesday shortly after the Sussex County Board of Freeholders had turned
over a letter to the county planning board urging county support in
protesting the planned service curtailment.
State Highway Commissioner Dwight Palmer announced
the postponement of the two public hearings which had been scheduled
for Jan. 15 and 22 in Newark. He attributed the delay to the pressure
of other matters.
Earlier in the day the freeholders had received a letter
from Thomas T. Taber, chairman of the Morris County Board of Transportation,
in which Taber urged Sussex County officials to join in protest of the
The letter further urged Sussex County officials to
demand that the hearings be held in Dover rather than Newark in order
to make it more convenient for residents of Sussex, Warren and Morris
Counties to attend.
Taber charged in his letter that the week time limit
between the two scheduled public hearings was unfair to the objectors
because it did not give them sufficient time to analyze the data presented
at the first hearing by the railroad.