STATE — NJ Transit and the New Jersey Department of Transportation are getting ready for Friday’s anticipated snow storm, which could be the largest snow event in the state since 2011.
The storm is predicted to start shortly after midnight and continue through Friday. Significant snow accumulations are expected throughout much of the state, with the heaviest snowfall amounts predicted for northern and central New Jersey. Wind gusts of 35 miles per hour could create poor visibility conditions and drifting snow.
NJ Transit will offer full system wide cross-honoring for the entire service day Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, bus or light rail. The transit agency is also encouraging customers to travel early tomorrow if possible due to the expected impact of the storm on the evening commute. NJ Transit will closely monitor the crowds at New York Penn Station, Hoboken Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal and make adjustments to service as necessary.
The state Department of Transportation mobilized staff and contractors today to be ready for immediate deployment. Crews began pre-treating major roadways this morning with brine solution to start the melting process as soon as the first flakes fall. Ample snow and ice-melting supplies are on hand, including rock salt, liquid calcium and salt-water brine solution. NJDOT crews and contractors are prepared to work as long as it takes to keep New Jersey’s approximately 13,000 lane miles of interstate and state highways as safe as possible.
NJ Transit says that rail and light rail crews and equipment are on standby to quickly respond to downed trees, power outages or other issues that may arise. In addition, the agency will be positioning locomotives at strategic locations across the rail system to rapidly respond in the event of a disabled train.
Transportation Commissioner James S. Simpson stressed that safety is the focus. “Make no doubt about it, in many areas of the state we are going to see some treacherous conditions. We will be doing everything within our power to keep the state highways clear and safe, but I urge motorists to do their part by exercising caution, allowing extra travel time, avoiding unnecessary trips and providing our plows enough room to maneuver on the roadways.”