I recently read your article in the September 9, 2001 edition of the Secaucus Reporter concerning the possible closing of the Harmon Cove Train Station. I live in the north end of Secaucus and drive to the station five days a week to get to my place of employment in New York City.
I am extremely happy that Mayor Elwell and Councilmen Reilly and Constantino and Town Administrator Anthony Iacono are questioning New Jersey Transit's hasty decision to close down the Harmon Cove Train Station without considering how they are affecting all the residents of Secaucus.
I notice that the article stated that only Harmon Cove residents would be affected. This is not the case. I and hundreds of others who reside in Secaucus use that train station daily for our commute to Hoboken/New York City.
I strongly object to New Jersey Transit's decision to close down the train station and would be willing to assist the Mayor and Council in any way possible to convince New Jersey Transit of their incorrect decision. If the Harmon Cove Train Station is closed, what are my alternatives? Apparently no one has thought about this. This idea of a "shuttle" to Allied Junction is totally unreasonable and out of the question! If the station is closed, I will be forced to take an unreliable bus to the Port Authority and then take my chances with the New York City subway system. I did this for several years prior to discovering the convenience and reliability of the train. I cannot imagine having to take the bus again for my trip to New York City.
Please publish this letter in the Secaucus Reporter and inform New Jersey Transit of the issue. I would like to have other people in my position join this "fight" with New Jersey Transit.
By copy of this letter to Mayor Elwell, Town Administrator Iacono and Councilmen Reilly and Constantino, I thank them for their continued efforts to save Harmon Cove Train Station.
Michael A. D'Amato