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NJ TRANSIT PREPARED FOR FORECASTED WINTER STORM
January 3, 2018
NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT is prepared to manage the first storm of the new year that is forecasted to hit New Jersey during the overnight hours. NJ TRANSIT’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be open and monitoring the track of the winter weather and its potential effects on the Tri-State area. Personnel and assets have also been pre-positioned in order to address any issues that may arise during the morning rush hour as quickly as possible.
NJ TRANSIT is expected to operate regular weekday service on its bus, rail and light rail services. In order to provide additional travel options for customers, systemwide cross- honoring is in effect for Thursday, January 4, 2018 on NJ TRANSIT and private carrier buses, rail and light rail services only.
Access Link is suspending morning service in Atlantic, Cape May and South Ocean counties until noon. All certification trips and transfer trips statewide are cancelled as well.
As the storm unfolds, and as conditions warrant, NJ TRANSIT will immediately notify customers of any service disruptions, delays or changes. Customers are strongly advised to sign up for My Transit Alerts, which provide customized notifications via email or text message based on a customer’s preferred mode of travel. My Transit alerts can be accessed by creating a free account on njtransit.com. In addition, customers are advised to monitor NJ TRANSIT’s website and social media feeds on Twitter and Facebook, as well as tune in to broadcast traffic reports for the latest information. Also, the NJ TRANSIT mobile app now includes travel alerts and advisories.
For customers of the 196/197 Lines only, NJ TRANSIT rail will cross honor their bus passes and tickets on the Port Jervis Line trains to/from Harriman, Tuxedo and Sloatsburg. Additionally, Shortline Bus will also cross honor in Orange County, N.Y.
Current service impacts include:
- Regular weekday service for rail, bus, light rail and Access Link will operate as long as conditions allow.
- For all 196 and 197 lines, NJ TRANSIT rail will cross honor on the Port Jervis Line at the Harriman, Tuxedo, and Sloatsburg Stations. Shortline bus will also be cross honoring.
- Cross honoring will be in effect for Thursday, January 4, 2018 on NJ TRANSIT bus and private carriers, rail and light rail services. There will be no cross honoring on PATH or NY Waterway ferries.
- Due to the impending storm, Access Link is suspending all morning service in Atlantic, Cape May and South Ocean counties until noon. All certification trips and transfer trips statewide are cancelled as well.
Snow fighting supplies and equipment across the state are stocked and ready to be deployed as conditions warrant.
NJ TRANSIT’s preparations for the winter season began long before the first snowflakes began to fall. Over the course of the fall and the months leading up to winter, crews have been busy inspecting and winterizing infrastructure, equipment and stations to be in the best possible position to handle winter’s potential wrath.
NJ TRANSIT Preparations for Winter Weather
- Hundreds of rail cars and locomotives have been "winterized," a process that includes checking onboard heating systems, ventilation, thermostats, weather stripping and electronic components, as well as changing locomotive filters and fuel from a summer blend to a winter blend.
- NJ TRANSIT’s preventative maintenance program also includes the inspection and winter maintenance of more than 750 switches and switch heaters, overhead wire systems, 12 moveable bridges and wayside power at storage yards and terminals.
- Two jet-engine-powered snow blowers are available to remove ice and snow from tracks and critical switching areas. In addition, all locomotives are equipped with snowplows to clear snow from the rails.
- NJ TRANSIT Rail Operations has 20,000 pounds of salt on hand with the ability to obtain an additional 100,000 pounds, if needed.
- In addition, our year-round tree trimming program proactively minimizes downed trees or limbs along the right-of-way and on our overhead electrical system, personnel are on standby to quickly respond to reports of trees or limbs that could damage overhead wires or prevent safe passage of trains. Our year-round tree trimming program is part of our preventative maintenance program.
- Bus maintenance personnel have checked the heating systems, engine fluids, tires, windshield wipers, doors and airbrake systems on NJ TRANSIT's 2,200 buses.
- Bus snow-fighting equipment has been readied and ice/snow-inhibiting supplies have been restocked for winter to keep 52 bus loops, terminals and lots cleared throughout the state.
- NJ TRANSIT Bus Operations has 900 tons of bulk salt on standby statewide, with each of its 16 garages stocked with bag salt.
- Vendor contracts have been finalized to perform plowing of larger park/ride facilities.
Light Rail Operations
- Snowplows are ready to clear station platforms and park/ride lots.
- All switch heaters have been tested.
- Necessary supplies such as calcium chloride, snow shovels, and scrapers are available and strategically located on the system.
- Snow blowers and backup generators have been checked to ensure they are in working order.
- Subcontractors are under contract to assist work crews in clearing all light rail stations, walkways, and park/ride facilities.
- Management staff for all three lines will be coordinating with local municipalities to discuss snow removal in the light rail’s downtown ‘street running’ territory.
- Due to the impending storm, Access Link is suspending morning service in Atlantic, Cape May and South Ocean counties until noon. All certification trips and transfer trips statewide are cancelled as well. NJ TRANSIT will continue to closely monitor the upcoming storm and make any service changes as needed. We’re asking customers to allow extra travel time and cancel any rides you may not need. You can now cancel your rides right here on the web. Please call the 800# or check the NJ TRANSIT web site for updates.
Stations and Terminals
- All rail stations equipped with heaters have been inspected to ensure that they are in proper working order.
- All public address systems at rail stations and bus terminals have been inspected.
- Before starting your trip, visit the Travel Alerts page at njtransit.com for up-to-the-minute service information. This information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555 or from broadcast traffic reports.
- Customers are encouraged to sign up for the My Transit alert system on njtransit.com, which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone.
- Allow extra time getting to and from your destination. Use extreme caution when walking on exposed sidewalks or station platforms and when boarding trains and buses.
- Report slippery or unsafe conditions to bus operators, train crews or
NJ TRANSIT staff.
- Listen closely to public address announcements at stations for late-breaking service information.
About NJ TRANSIT
NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 944,000 weekday trips on 252 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.