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Ready for the Winter Season

Over the past several months, NJ TRANSIT has been preparing for the unpredictability of the winter season, weather-proofing our trains, buses, stations and terminals. Our winterization efforts include inspection and installation of snowplows and salt spreaders on support vehicles for our bus, rail and light rail services, servicing of snow blowers, spreaders and other snow removal equipment, and inspecting and testing heating systems on our equipment and at stations and terminals.

Bus maintenance workers have inspected and winterized our fleet of buses, which includes heating and airbrake systems, engine fluids, tires, windshield wipers and doors.

Our rail and light rail employees have performed detailed inspections of tracks, switches and switch heaters to ensure trains can safely move from one track to another. They have also performed inspections on light rail vehicles, railcars and locomotives, including thermostats, weather stripping and electronic components. Our rail employees have also prepped two rail-mounted jet snow-blowers to ensure they are ready for clearing tracks and switches of snow and ice, particularly in rail yards.

We've trimmed trees where necessary to minimize trees or limbs from falling along the right-of-way or on our overhead wire system; personnel will be available to remove fallen trees or limbs if needed. Hundreds of tons of snow-melting materials are ready for use, with more available to obtain if needed.

Finally, snow removal contracts are in place with outside vendors at select locations to clear station parking lots and walkways in a timely manner.

We recommend that you allow additional travel time in severe weather when traveling to your final destination. Please report slippery or unsafe conditions to bus operators, train crews or NJ TRANSIT staff. This winter, we are introducing new severe weather schedules on most rail lines. Please see the accompanying story about that on the back page of this issue of FYI.

As always, we ask that you check, our social media channels, station announcements and/or broadcast traffic reports for the latest service information before, during and after winter storms. If you have not signed up for MyTransit alerts yet for your specific trip, you can do that by visiting

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