Commuters, businesses brace for possible weekend rail strike

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — As negotiators for rail unions and New Jersey Transit meet to try and avert a weekend strike, commuters and businesses are bracing for the worst.

More than 100,000 commuters use NJ Transit to get into New York City, and the transit agency says its contingency plan using extra buses will only be able to accommodate about 40,000 riders.

In New York, a business group has estimated that each hour the rails are shut will cost businesses about $6 million.

NJ Transit has estimated that a one-hour commute by train will more than double.

Negotiators have met this week in Newark to try and reach agreement on wage increases and health care costs.