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NJ Transit Widens Bike Access, Not on Weekends

NJ Transit has approved wider access for people who want to bring their bicycles on the train. However, weekend restrictions have some bike advocates miffed.

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The transit agency’s board on Monday approved bike access at stations with low-level platforms. Bikers already can board at stations with high-level platforms. NJ Transit head James Weinstein estimates about 60 percent of stations have low-level platforms.

The board also approved rules that would restrict bikers from riding on trains into New York City between 9 a.m. and noon on weekends and riding out of New York between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

An initial proposal had called for an extra hour of restrictions.

Bike advocates say that’s still not good enough because it forces bikers to rise early or else wait until the afternoon.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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