NJ TRANSIT is currently inspecting and winterizing its infrastructure, equipment and stations for the possibility of inclement winter weather.
The agency is taking the following actions to ensure the least disruption to rail service:
- rail cars and locomotives have been "winterized," which includes checking heating systems, ventilation, thermostats, weather stripping and electronic components, changing locomotive filters and changing fuel to a winter blend;
- inspection and winter maintenance of more than 750 switches and switch heaters, overhead wire systems, 12 moveable bridges and wayside power at storage yards and terminals;
- two jet-engine-powered snow blowers are available to remove ice and snow from tracks and critical switching areas, and all locomotives are equipped with snowplows to clear snow from the rails;
- NJ TRANSIT Rail Operations has 20,000 pounds of salt and the ability to obtain an additional 100,000 pounds; and
- personnel are on standby to quickly respond to reports of trees or limbs that could damage overhead wires or prevent safe passage of trains.
NJ TRANSIT also has a new Severe Weather Schedules available to customers to clearly identify travel options during severe weather events, or other emergency situations. Customers will be informed through MyTransit alerts, social media, NJ TRANSIT’s website and mobile app as well as broadcast and print media when a Severe Weather Schedule is implemented.
“In the midst of winter weather, visibility outside may be low, but we want our customers to have a clear picture of how much service we can safely operate and when their next train will be departing,” stated Steven H. Santoro, NJ TRANSIT executive director. “Our operations divisions statewide have prepared the transit system, equipment and facilities, and these Severe Weather Schedules allow our customers to be prepared as well.”