How often are trains and buses late in Morristown? Here are the data

MORRISTOWN, NJ – If you take the train or bus in the Morristown area, do you have to leave home very early in case it is late or cancelled? New Jersey Transit data can help you make this decision.

Governor Phil Murphy signed a decree in November 2019, prompting NJ Transit to release metrics dating back to January 2017 on how often trains arrive late or are canceled on each line. Murphy intended to offer transparency and potential indications of progress with state transit.

As a result, NJ Transit launched its “Performance in numbers” dashboard, which now contains data on delays and cancellations going back five years. So, is the public transit that runs through Morristown up to scratch? Here’s what the data shows:

Take the train

Morris & Essex line stops include Morristown, Convent Station and Morris Plains. In January, 91.1% of NJ Transit trains on the line left each stop on time, meaning they left within six minutes of schedule. The mark is below NJ Transit’s goal of 94.7% of trains departing on time.

(N.J. Transit)

Over the past five years, Morris & Essex Line trains had the best results in May 2020, when 98.7% of trains departed on time. The line’s worst month in the past five years came in November 2018, when just 78.4% of trains had on-time departures.

Over the past five years, the Morris & Essex Line has only reached the 93.4% mark in a few months: February 2018, April to June 2020, September to October 2020, January 2021 and last April.

The bus

NJ Transit does not display as much line-specific data for buses as it does for trains. But overall, buses from major terminals exceeded the agency’s goal of 90% leaving stops within six minutes of the schedule.

Last month, NJ Transit buses from major terminals were on time 95.5% of the time. Here are the hourly departure rates in January from each main terminal:

  • Atlantic City Bus Terminal: 95.6%
  • Hoboken Terminal: 98.6%
  • Irvington Bus Station: 98.6%
  • Newark Penn Station: 97.6%
  • Port Authority Bus Station: 94.7%
  • Walter Rand Transportation Center: 90%

Here is a comparison of the performance of these buses since 2009:

(N.J. Transit)

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