The 12th District Legislators would like to voice their opposition to the plan to run the Monmouth-Ocean-Middlesex (MOM) rail line through the Borough of Red Bank.
“The MOM line was supposed to run from Ocean County through Middlesex County,” said Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, “hence its name. Western Monmouth County needs to be connected to a rail line, and the last thing Red Bank needs is more traffic being backed-up because of trains going right through the middle of the town.”
The agreement does not contain an earlier option that would run a rail line through Monmouth Junction between Lakehurst and the Northeast Corridor line in South Brunswick., nor a third alternative that would run a line on new tracks along the Henry Hudson trail.
“Red Bank is a difficult enough town to get through during peak hours,” said Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande. “I can’t imagine the mess this plan would cause if it’s implemented. I just can’t see the point in adding additional trains and slowing traffic in Red Bank and surrounding towns, while not adding service to western Monmouth County, an area we know is expanding and in need of this type of transportation.”
“This is the least desirable of all of the options that have been looked at,” said Senator Jennifer Beck. “It’s not just Red Bank, but Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, Little Silver and Fair Haven that will have to deal with increased traffic and fewer available parking spaces for more riders. Of course funding is an issue, but without the line reaching out significantly to western Monmouth County and into Middlesex, this rail line will have completely missed its purpose.”