Progress Through Unity

Archives for April 2017

Schedule Changes Highlighted

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NJ Tax Update

Contact Number for State of NJ division of taxation


Fax your W2 to  609-826-4339.
or go to and upload
Attention:Lizzie and Scott they will process your return ASAP


Kathleen D Perna

NJ Transit

Director Payroll Taxes, Accounting and Deductions

“We have received many phone calls from employees including union leadership regarding their NJ State tax refund, apparently when our employees call the state they are told that it is a NJ Transit issue.

However, this tax refund issue is NOT unique to NJ Transit employees, (see articles and websites below – right click on the link and select “open Hyperlink”).

This is a statewide issue for all NJ employers that the NJ State Dept. of Taxation must address.


This year the state changed their process and implemented several controls to guard against fraudulent tax return/identity theft.

One of the safe guards is to cross check the electronic file of W2’s issued by employers with the tax return filed by employees.

In prior years the state would begin the issuance of refunds prior to the receipt of the W2 file from employers.


NJT transmitted the W3 file with all W2’s timely prior to the regulatory deadline of February 28, 2017, as required by the IRS and all states including NJ, NY and PA,

and we received electronic confirmation of each successful transmission (see attached NJ State specifications for W2 electronic filing with due date February 28, 2017).

FYI – the February 28th deadline has been in place historically for the IRS and all states.


Although it is difficult to discern a pattern, based on the articles below it appears that NJ state did not begin processing refunds until March 1st, and anyone who filed

after March 1st have received their refunds. However, it appears the state did not go back to review and process tax returns for those individuals who filed their tax returns prior to March 1st.


Many of our employees have received refunds and some have not, we have been in contact with NJ State Dept. of Taxation on a daily basis, and have escalated this issue.

However to date we have not received a satisfactory response and continue to press the issue for a resolution so that our employees receive their refunds



Below are some of the tax websites and there chat group where tax filers are complaining about not getting their refunds from the state of NJ;

Fare Collection During AMTRAK Service Disruptions


This has been a very stressful month for both you and our passengers that utilize NJ Transit. AMTRAK will be performing work to improve rail conditions in Penn Station NY. This work will involve both redirecting trains and closing tracks. Certain trains may be rerouted to a different terminal during this time. Our responsibility during this time is to perform our duties as professionally and safely as possible. We are tasked with collecting ALL of the fares on the train that we work. Please be mindful there is no rule that allows us “not to collect fares” during a service disruption.

If a passenger causes a disturbance on board a train or refuses to pay a fare, please be polite and explain to them you are required to call for police assistance for a fare refusal. If after this explanation no payment of fare is made, call the line dispatcher and request police assistance. While waiting for the police assistance, please make a PA announcement about the delay. Once police assistance arrives on scene, the passenger who refused to pay the fare will be removed from the train. There will be no opportunity for the passenger once the police arrive, to then pay the fare, since the train has already been delayed.  The passenger will then be under the direction of the police officer on scene.

In closing, the recent AMTRAK service disruptions were never our fault nor were the delays that followed. I am asking all members for patience and understanding when dealing with our passengers. I would hope the passengers extend the same amount of respect and courtesy to our crews, as we strive to get them to their destinations safely.

Thank you and be safe,

Stephen J. Burkert

General Chairman- Local 60

Run Sheets & Schedules for 5-7-17

For reference only these can change confirm assignment with crew callers

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Amtrak Said to Weigh Extended Track Closings for Penn Station Repairs


SMART-TD New Jersey Voters: Register to Vote by May 16th

Did you know that 81 percent of all New Jersey SMART TD and UTU retirees who are registered to vote did so in the 2016 election? In fact, this is 9 percentage points higher than the New Jersey public as a whole. This trend underscores our union’s long-standing tradition of high voter participation.

Voter Turnout Rates by Local

 60       81%
710      83%
759     86%
800     78%
1390    81%
1413    83%
1445    77%
1447    74%
1558    80%
1589    78%
Retired 84%

While we just finished a major presidential election last year, you have an opportunity to elect a new governor in 2017 right here in New Jersey. Below are upcoming dates to keep in mind.

Upcoming New Jersey Election Dates
** May 16 – Last day to register to vote in the Primary Election
** June 6 New Jersey Statewide Primary Election Day
** November 7 – New Jersey Statewide General Election Day

We’ve all heard the phrase “elections have consequences”, but sitting on the sidelines and letting others decide our future is a consequence we can avoid. The first important decision you can make this year is to ensure you and your family members are registered to vote at your current address. Use the link below to verify or update your voter registration status.

Click HERE to verify or update your voter registration by May 16th.

If you have any questions about registering to vote or the upcoming election, please contact Ron Sabol at the New Jersey State Legislative Board at (609) 396-1994.

The deadline to update your records for the June 6th primary election is May 16, 2017.

In solidarity,
John Risch
National Legislative Director
SMART Transportation Division


Rail T&E Verification Information

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Hoboken Parking NOW IN EFFECT

Due to severe lack of parking spots please ensure you have a current valid lot 1 pass when using this lot.

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NJ State Taxes

If any employees are experiencing delays in their NJ State tax refund please contact Atit Desai Manager, Payroll taxes & Accounting  (973) 378-6863

“NJ Transit is in full compliance of the reporting duties required by both federal and each state.”
Some information may not been received properly, please contact the above employee for assistance

Hoboken Lot 1 Parking

Due to severe lack of parking spots please ensure you have a current valid lot 1 pass when using this lot.

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