NJ Transit Gets Ready For Big Storm

There’s a winter storm warning in effect beginning at 7 p.m. Friday with heavy snow expected for our area. All NJ TRANSIT services will operate on a regular weekday schedule today, Friday, January 28, 2022 and on regular weekend schedules on Saturday, January 29, 2022 for as long as weather and road conditions safely permit. Customers may see the possibility of delays, detours and potential service cancellations if storm conditions intensify.

Cross-honoring will be in effect for rail, light rail, NJ TRANSIT bus and private carrier bus service on Saturday, January 29. Customers should check njtransit.com for updates.

For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass or ticket on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station. Customers using their tickets or passes to travel to a destination other than the destination printed on their original ticket will be subject to the appropriate additional fare if applicable.

NJ TRANSIT’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be open and closely monitoring weather forecasts and conditions as the storm develops. Key personnel will monitor any impacts to the system throughout the duration of the storm.

Weather conditions may require temporary service suspensions.

NJ TRANSIT Preparations for Winter Weather

Rail Operations

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 approximately 20,000 pounds of salt on hand with the ability to obtain an additional 100,000 pounds, if needed.

Bus Operations

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 bags of salt.

Light Rail Operations

Snowplows are ready to clear station platforms and park/ride lots.

Switch heaters have been tested throughout NJ TRANSIT’s three light rail systems.

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.

Access Link

Access Link anticipates offering regular weekday service, but modifications may be made if severe weather conditions warrant. Customers should continue to monitor the weather as modifications or delays may occur.

Stations and Terminals

All rail stations equipped with heaters have been inspected to ensure that they are in proper working order.
Staff will monitor platform conditions to ensure safe walking conditions.

Before starting your trip, visit njtransit.com for up-to-the-minute service information.

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