New Jersey Transit #4219 pulls Train #4616 into Lindenwold Station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Trenton, NJ – As Hurricane Sandy moves into the region, NJ TRANSIT operations, customer service and police personnel across the state are preparing the system to minimize service suspensions and delays to the extent possible.
Depending on the forecast track and the expected impact of the storm, it may be necessary for NJ TRANSIT to modify service as conditions change. Customers are advised to monitor broadcast news reports, monitor njtransit.com, or monitor NJ TRANSIT’s twitter feed at @NJ_TRANSIT for the latest service information.
To give customers additional travel options during expected severe weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will offer full system-wide cross-honoring starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, October 29 and continuing through 6 a.m. Wednesday, October 31, enabling NJ TRANSIT customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, bus or light rail. For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station. Similarly, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the train instead.
Further, indoor waiting rooms at outlying rail stations that are controlled by NJ TRANSIT will remain open to provide customers with shelter during the storm.
Customers are reminded that while every effort will be made to continue operating rail, bus, light rail and Access Link services throughout the state, customers may experience delays, detours or cancellations on their routes due to the potential impact of the storm. Customers are advised to plan accordingly and anticipate potential disruptions to service.
NJ TRANSIT PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE SANDY
Rail and Light Rail Operations
- NJ TRANSIT’s maintenance forces continue inspecting culverts, drainage pipes and rights-of-way to ensure they are clear of blockages that could exacerbate flooding and disrupt service.
- NJ TRANSIT rail and light rail crews and equipment are on standby to respond to downed trees, wires and flooding.
Bus and Access Link Operations
- NJ TRANSIT Bus and Access Link maintenance and support staff will be on standby 24/7 to respond where needed.
- Customer Service Field Offices will extend their hours of operations if necessary.
- The Transit Information Office (TIC) – NJ TRANSIT’s call center, is also prepared to extend its hours if necessary.
- For the latest travel information, customers should listen to broadcast traffic reports, visit njtransit.com or access our Twitter feed at @NJ_TRANSIT prior to starting your trip.
- In the event of service delays or adjustments, including the suspension of service, NJ TRANSIT will provide the most current service information via the My Transit alert system, which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone, PDA or pager. (If you are not yet a My Transit subscriber, we encourage you to sign up atwww.njtransit.com/mytransit) Service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555.
- Listen closely to public address announcements at stations for late-breaking service information.
- Build additional travel time into your trip to a station, terminal or bus stop.
- Stairs, floors and platforms can be slippery, so please use caution when walking along wet surfaces or any outdoor surface exposed to the weather. Use extra care when boarding or exiting buses and trains.
- Report slippery or unsafe conditions to bus operators, train crews or to NJ TRANSIT staff.