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NJ TRANSIT POLICE TO CONDUCT EMERGENCY RESPONSE DRILL AT NEWARK LIGHT RAIL ATLANTIC STREET STATION

Exercise to take place Saturday, November 2 starting at 8 a.m.

October 31, 2013
NJT-13-080

NEWARK, NJ — The NJ TRANSIT Police Department, together with state and local partners, will conduct a training exercise on Saturday, November 2 at the Newark Light Rail Atlantic Street Station in downtown Newark to test a response from multiple agencies to a simulated transportation incident.

 

Also participating in the exercise will be the Rutgers Police Department, NJIT Police Department and Essex County Sheriff’s Department.

 

The exercise will begin at approximately 8 a.m. and take about four hours to complete. During the exercise, Newark Light Rail service between Newark Penn and Newark Broad Street stations will operate on a single track, resulting in the following service adjustments:

 

  • Service at Atlantic Street and Riverfront Stadium stations will be temporarily suspended during the drill.  Customers should use Newark Broad Street, Washington Park, or NJPAC/Center Street stations as an alternate. 
  • All trains will arrive on the inbound track at Washington Park Station for both inbound (to Newark Penn) and outbound (to Broad Street) service.   

In addition, customers may notice an increased presence of police and emergency personnel in the area of Atlantic Street Station, and local residents may see activity in the staging area along Bridge Street and Lombardy Street in front of Atlantic Street Station.

 

NOTE TO MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA:  Media access to the scene will be limited, and filming of the drill in progress will not be permitted.  

 

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NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 261 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.