Written by by John Saccenti
With another winter storm on the way, NJ Transit is taking precautions.
On Monday, it announced systemwide cross-honoring for Tuesday, which means customers can use their ticket or pass on rail, light rail or buses.
Customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass or ticket 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 Atlantic City Rail Line instead at no additional charge. Customers using their tickets or passes to travel to a destination other than the destination printed on their original ticket will be subject to the appropriate additional fare if NJ Transit also will monitor the crowds at New York Penn Station, Hoboken Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal and make adjustments to service as necessary.
As usual, rail and light rail crews and equipment are on standby to quickly respond to downed trees, power outages or other issues that may arise. Locomotives also will be strategically positioned across the rail system to rapidly respond in the event of a disabled train.
Customers are advised of the following:
- Systemwide: NJ Transit plans to operate a regular weekday schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Depending on the impact of the storm, it may be necessary 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 or detours on their routes in the event of extreme winter weather conditions. Customers are advised to plan accordingly and anticipate disruptions to bus service.
For the latest travel information, visit njtransit.com or access its Twitter feed at @NJTRANSIT prior to starting your trip.
In the event of delays or service adjustments, NJ Transit will provide the most current service information via the My Transit alert system, which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone, PDA or pager. Sign up atwww.njtransit.com/mytransit)
Service information is also available by calling (973) 275-5555 or from broadcast traffic reports.
- Listen closely to public address announcements at stations for late-breaking service information.
- Build additional travel time into your trip to a station, terminal or bus stop.
- Stairs, flooring and platforms can be slippery, so please use caution when walking along wet surfaces or any outdoor surface exposed to the weather. Use extra care when boarding or exiting buses and trains.
- Report slippery or unsafe conditions to bus operators, train crews or staff.
- 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.
Here are a few other facts about NJ Transit’s preparations.
- Snow plows and salt spreaders are ready for service and snow-removal contracts are in place with outside vendors.
- NJ Transit has 16,000 bags of snow-melting supplies, and hundreds of shovels and snow blowers.
- It has performed maintenance and testing on its two rail-mounted jet snow blowers in the event they are needed to help clear train tracks of snow and ice, particularly in rail yards.
- More than 750 rail switches, switch heaters and overhead wires have already been inspected as part of NJ Transit’s preventative maintenance program.
- Onboard heating systems, thermostats, weather stripping and electronic components have been inspected on NJ Transit railcars, light rail cars and locomotives.
- Bus maintenance personnel have inspected and performed necessary maintenance on a fleet of nearly 2,200 buses - from the heating and airbrake systems, to the engine fluids, tires, windshield wipers and doors.