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NJ TRANSIT READY FOR STORM

Corporation Will Cross Honor its Bus, Rail and Light Rail Tickets Starting Tomorrow

NEWARK, NJ, DECEMBER 4, 2003 – With the first winter storm approaching, NJ TRANSIT is preparing to carry its more than 750,000 daily riders to destinations in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

To further accommodate customers, the Corporation will cross honor its bus, rail and light rail tickets at the start of the morning rush and continue throughout the day. In addition, waiting rooms where ticket agents are located will remain open throughout the day and into the evening.

Outlined below are steps in place to prepare for the winter weather.

Rail

NJ TRANSIT’s preventative maintenance program includes the inspection and winter maintenance of over 750 switches and switch heaters, overhead wire systems, 12 moveable bridges and wayside power at storage yards and terminals.

Rail mechanical personnel have inspected and winterized 964 rail cars and 140 locomotives. The process includes checking the heating systems, ventilation, thermostats, weather stripping and electronic components, as well as changing filters and fuel used in locomotives from a summer to a winter blend.

NJ TRANSIT is also equipped with two jet-engine powered snow blowers that can be used to remove ice and snow from the train tracks and critical switching areas. In addition, all diesel locomotives are equipped with snowplows to clear snow from tracks.

NJ TRANSIT has 20,000 pounds of salt on hand with the ability to obtain an additional 100, 000 pounds when needed.

Bus

Bus maintenance personnel have checked the heating systems, engine fluids, tires, windshield wipers, doors and airbrake systems in NJ TRANSIT's 1,900 buses. Chains will be installed on bus wheels when heavy snow accumulates on roadways.

Bus snow-fighting equipment has been readied and ice/snow-inhibiting supplies have been restocked for winter to keep NJ TRANSIT’s 52 bus loops, terminals and lots cleared throughout the state.

NJ TRANSIT has 500 tons of bulk salt on standby statewide, with each of its 16 garages equipped with bag salt.

Vendor contracts have been finalized to perform plowing of larger park/ride facilities.

Bus terminals are also staffed, providing customers with updated service information.

Station/Terminals

  • All rail stations equipped with heaters have been inspected to ensure that they are in proper working order.
  • NJ TRANSIT has inspected its public address systems at rail stations and bus terminals.
  • Bus terminals and many rail stations are also staffed, providing customers with updated service information.

Personnel

Operations and police will deploy personnel strategically throughout the system.

NJ TRANSIT asks that its customers follow these tips when a snowstorm occurs:

Listen closely to radio and television traffic reports BEFORE leaving home or the office to determine if there is a delay or an interruption of service, cross-honoring of rail and bus passes and/or early getaway service when a storm develops early in the day.

Go to www.njtransit.com for that latest service information.

Listen closely to public address systems at stations to determine if there is a delay or an interruption of service.

Passengers should watch their footing at rail and bus locations.

Passengers are encouraged to report slippery conditions to bus operators and conductors (stairs and floors on buses and rail cars, at stations and on platforms).

Notify bus operators when snow accumulation on sidewalks hinders access between the bus stop and the bus.

Passengers should try to plan travel options in advance of a serious storm to save time in the event of a service disruption.

Customers can also sign up for “my transit” on the NJ TRANSIT website, where service information is disseminated to them during the peak periods on pagers and cell phones.

If warranted, NJ TRANSIT will also activate its hot line number, 973-491-7400, for customers to call into for service information.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 752,600 daily trips on 238 bus routes, two light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 161 rail stations, 28 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.