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Corporation Continues to Monitor Storm

CONTACT: Penny Bassett Hackett

(973) 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ, September 19, 2003 – NJ TRANSIT is operating regular weekday rail, bus and light rail service this morning. However, with high winds and rain continuing throughout the state, the Corporation will monitor its systems and make adjustments if necessary.

The statewide transportation Corporation continues to cross honor with the following regional transportation agencies:

PATH service boarding at Newark Penn Station, Hoboken Terminal and 33rd Street in New York.

NY Waterway and Sea Streak ferry service.


Private carrier bus lines including Academy, Coach USA, DeCamp, Lakeland, Rockland Coach and Short Line.

Transit encourages people to listen to news reports before leaving their homes or log onto for real-time service information. Update announcements will also be provided at stations.

To assist its customers, the Corporation extended the hours of its customer information center where Northern New Jersey riders can get details about schedules by calling in New Jersey 1-800-772-2222 or out-of-state at 973-762-5100 until 1 a.m. Saturday. In South Jersey, customers can call 1-800-582-5946 or at 215-569-3752 from Pennsylvania until 12 midnight. For persons with hearing impairments, the number is 1-800-772-2287.

Since Monday, NJ TRANSIT has been meeting to develop contingency plans for both bus and rail operations, and working in coordination with other transportation providers to prepare for possible service impacts caused by local flooding or high wind conditions.

Auxiliary equipment, including backup generators, pumps, and chainsaws are ready and in place. Crews continue to inspect culverts along the railroad right of way to ensure they are clear of debris to prevent flooding. Overhead wires and signal systems are also continuously being inspected to ensure their reliability.

In addition, Customer Service response teams were deployed early this morning to major boarding locations, and management staff is on standby to go to locations as needed.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 752,600 daily trips on 240 bus routes, two light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 28 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.