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NJ TRANSIT RESUMES NORMAL SERVICE
Rail, Bus and Light Rail service back on normal weekday schedules with only minor adjustments
Updated 5:49 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2010
NEWARK, NJ - NJ TRANSIT services have resumed normal operations -- on a regular weekday schedule with only minor adjustments expected.
- Bus service is operating on a regular weekday schedule on all routes. A small percentage of routes are subject to truncations or detours as a result of local road conditions. Customers are encouraged to check njtransit.com for further information.
- Rail service is operating on a regular weekday schedule on all lines. A handful of trains (representing about one percent of the weekday schedule) will be cancelled. Please see the complete list below.
- Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is operating on a regular weekday schedule.
- River Line is operating on a regular weekday schedule.
- Newark Light Rail is operating on a regular weekday schedule.
- Access Link paratransit service is resuming normal operations.
The following NJ TRANSIT trains will not operate on Wednesday due to weather-related equipment issues:
- Northeast Corridor train 3122, the 7:09 a.m. departure from New Brunswick. To accommodate customers, train 3920, the 6:46 a.m. departure from Trenton, will add stops at New Brunswick, Edison, Metuchen and Metropark.
- Northeast Corridor train 3124, the 7:30 a.m. departure from New Brunswick. To accommodate customers, train 3924, the 7:12 a.m. departure from Trenton, will add stops at New Brunswick, Edison, Metuchen and Metropark.
- North Jersey Coast Line train 2304, the 6:04 a.m. departure from Bay Head.
- North Jersey Coast Line train 2311, the 5:46 p.m. departure from Hoboken.
- Raritan Valley Line train 5412, the 6:33 a.m. departure from Raritan. To accommodate customers, the earlier train, #5710 departing Raritan at 6:22 a.m., will make all local stops.
- Raritan Valley Line train 5416, the 6:58 a.m. departure from Raritan. To accommodate customers, the earlier train, #5714 departing Raritan at 6:51 a.m., will make all local stops.
- Raritan Valley Line train 5743 (6:23 p.m. from Newark) and 5445 (6:30 p.m. from Newark) will be combined into a single train, departing Newark at 6:30 p.m. making all local stops to High Bridge.
- Morris & Essex Line train 6614, the 7:27 a.m. departure from Short Hills. To accommodate customers, train 6312, the 7:27 a.m. departure from Summit, will add stops at Short Hills, South Orange and Brick Church.
In addition, customers are reminded that the following trains are not operating this holiday week, as indicated in printed timetables:
- Northeast Corridor train 3922 (7:00 a.m. departure from Trenton)
- Northeast Corridor train 3126 (7:36 a.m. departure from New Brunswick)
- North Jersey Coast Line train 3218 (6:27 a.m. departure from Long Branch)
While service is returning to normal, there are some important things customers need to know:
- Parking capacity at many stations and terminals is reduced as a result of large snow mounds. Customers who park are advised to plan accordingly.
- Rail customers are advised that some key switching locations remain out of service, which may limit NJ TRANSIT's ability to work around otherwise minor operational issues.
- Some bus routes remain impacted by local road conditions. Detours and delays are possible. Please allow extra travel time.
- Parking lots and station platforms are subject to melting and re-freezing conditions. Please use extreme caution on all exposed surfaces and report any unsafe conditions to NJ TRANSIT personnel.
Systemwide cross-honoring will remain in effect on Wednesday, enabling customers to use their tickets or passes on any travel mode - rail, bus or light rail - at no additional charge.
NJ TRANSIT customers are encouraged to visit njtransit.com before traveling for the latest service information.
About the Recovery Effort
NJ TRANSIT crews, working around the clock since Sunday, have brought the system back to a relatively normal operating status. Since the first inch of snow fell, bus maintenance crews have worked to keep buses moving across the state. More than 100 of NJ TRANSIT's 2,000 buses became stuck in snow during the storm, requiring the assistance of NJ TRANSIT's fleet of tow trucks and response vehicles.
"It's been a Herculean effort," said Jim Gigantino, Vice President/General Manager of Bus Operations. "Our bus operators, maintenance crews and support personnel have worked in the most extreme conditions to restore service and get our customers safely to their destinations."
Bus service was suspended from 8:30 p.m. Sunday until 12:01 a.m. Tuesday due to weather conditions. At the request of the State Police, NJ TRANSIT bus operators rendered assistance on the Garden State Parkway, transporting motorists whose cars became stranded to safe locations.
On the rail side, roughly 80 percent of NJ TRANSIT's fleet of 1,400 rail cars weathered the storm in outlying rail yards, where crews have spent the past 36 hours digging out the fleet. Approximately 140 cars needed to be physically dug out, and all cars required inspection and servicing before they could be returned to service. More than 40 rail cars required repairs. Other rail crew members spent the hours during and after the storm clearing tracks, digging out switches and responding to other weather-related infrastructure issues.
Rail service operated on an enhanced weekend schedule on Monday and Tuesday, allowing crews additional time to prepare rail cars, locomotives and infrastructure. Under the enhanced weekend schedule, NJ TRANSIT operated about 40 percent fewer trains than a typical weekday schedule.
Bus and Rail personnel responsible for plowing snow and clearing boarding locations had their work cut out for them - not only because of the extreme snowfall levels, but due to wind that followed, requiring many locations to be re-plowed and re-treated multiple times.
NJ TRANSIT's Light Rail Operations personnel, similar to their counterparts on the railroad, have been readying equipment, clearing tracks and station platforms. Access Link reservations specialists worked extended hours individually calling paratransit customers whose trips needed to be rescheduled Monday and Tuesday as a result of suspended service.
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