NJ Transit Infrastructure Experienced “Unprecedented Devastation” From Storm

TRENTON — Hurricane Sandy caused “unprecedented devastation” to NJ Transit infrastructure across the state, according to Transportation Commissioner James Simpson.

“With the break of daylight, NJ Transit began to inspect and assess the full extent of the damage,” said Simpson, who is also the board chairman of the transit agency. “Our employees are committed to restoring the system as safely and efficiently as humanly possible.”

Early inspections reveal damage includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Two tug boats collided with the North Jersey Coast Line’s Raritan River Draw Bridge at approximately 4:15 a.m. this morning. The full impact to the bridge is unknown at this time.
  • Three boats and two cargo containers collided with the North Jersey Coast Line’s Morgan Drawbridge over the Cheesequake Creek at approximately 4:40 a.m. this morning. Additionally, two boats are also currently resting atop this bridge. The full impact to the bridge is unknown at this time.
  • Washouts have been reported along the North Jersey Coast Line, as well as at Kearny Junction, a critical link for MidTOWN Direct service to New York City.
  • Flooding has been recorded in Newark Light Rail tunnels while debris has impacted power lines along the Hudson Bergen Light Rail.
  • NJ Transit rail station hubs at Hoboken, Secaucus and Newark Penn Station sustained impacts due to flood waters.

NJ Transit customers are reminded that that all bus, rail, light rail and Access Link service remain suspended until further notice. Service will not resume until the State’s public transit system is repaired, safe, and secure, officials said.

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