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NJ TRANSIT PREPARES FOR WEEKEND WINTER STORM
Full systemwide cross-honoring in effect starting today at 6 p.m.; Access Link service cancelled Saturday in South Jersey
February 5, 2010
NEWARK, NJ — As winter weather 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 impact of the storm, it may be necessary for NJ TRANSIT to modify service as conditions change. Customers are advised of the following:
- Bus Service: While every effort will be made to continue operating bus service throughout the state, customers will experience delays, detours or cancellations on their routes due to significant snowfall and blizzard conditions expected in some regions, particularly in southern New Jersey. Customers are advised to plan accordingly and anticipate disruptions to bus service.
- Rail Service: On Saturday, February 6, Northeast Corridor 7600-series trains, which operate between Rahway and New York, will be cancelled. Customers who normally use 7600-series trains may use other Northeast Corridor or North Jersey Coast Line trains to/from Trenton or Long Branch instead.
- Access Link: On Saturday, all Access Link paratransit service will be cancelled in Region 2 (Camden, Burlington, Gloucester and Salem counties) and Region 3 (Cumberland, Cape May, Atlantic and Ocean counties).
To give customers additional travel options during expected winter weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will offer full systemwide cross-honoring starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 5 and continuing all day on Saturday, February 6, 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.
In addition, indoor waiting rooms at outlying rail stations will remain open throughout the weekend to provide customers with shelter during the storm. Outlying station buildings are normally closed on weekends.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Bus maintenance personnel have checked the heating systems, engine fluids, tires, windshield wipers, doors and airbrake systems on NJ TRANSIT's 2,000 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 500 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.
- Additional operations and maintenance employees have been placed on alert.
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.
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NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.