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NJ TRANSIT MOBILIZING FOR NEXT WINTER STORM

Customers advised to expect possible delays, service impacts

February 9, 2010
NJT-10-007

NEWARK, NJ NJ TRANSIT is mobilizing its operations, customer service and police personnel across the state to ensure a ready response to the impending winter storm.  The latest forecast calls for a range of eight to 18 inches to fall across the entire state, starting tonight and continuing through tomorrow. 

 

While NJ TRANSIT is preparing to minimize service suspensions and delays to the extent possible, customers are advised of the following: 

 

  • Systemwide:  NJ TRANSIT plans to operate a regular weekday schedule tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10.  Depending on the impact of the storm, it may be necessary for NJ TRANSIT to modify service as conditions change.   
  • Bus Service:  While every effort will be made to continue operating bus service throughout the state, customers may experience delays, detours or service suspensions on their routes in the event of extreme winter weather conditions.  Customers are advised to plan accordingly and anticipate disruptions to bus service.

To give customers additional travel options during expected winter weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will offer full systemwide cross-honoring starting at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10 and continuing until the end of the service day, 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, all NJ TRANSIT rail station buildings and waiting rooms will remain open extended hours, including evenings and overnight, through Monday, February 15, due to extreme cold weather conditions.

 

To enable crews to respond quickly to any issues that may arise, all scheduled track work has been suspended tomorrow.  Switch heaters along rail lines have been turned on to prevent snow and ice from building up, and all overhead wire systems and equipment have been inspected.

 

Travel Advice:

 

  • Before starting your trip, visit 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 plenty of extra travel time.  Delays and service changes are possible.
  • Use extreme caution when walking on exposed sidewalks, parking lots or station platforms and when boarding trains and buses.
  • Listen closely to public address announcements at stations for late-breaking service information.
  • If you park, ensure your car is stocked with a snow brush and ice scraper so you can clear your car upon returning to the lot. 
  • Report slippery or unsafe conditions to bus operators, train crews or
    NJ TRANSIT staff.   
  • Local jurisdictions are responsible for clearing bus stops.  Local residents can help their neighbors by shoveling the bus stops along the sidewalks near their homes so that people are not standing in the icy streets while traffic is passing.
  • Sign up for free My Transit Alerts to receive travel advisories for your specific trip via email or mobile device. 

About NJ TRANSIT

 

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.