NJ Transit To Use Union County Locations For Train Storage During Future Storms

UNION COUNTY – NJ Transit will use two Union County locations to store locomotives and train cars in the event of another storm like last year’s Hurricane Sandy.

NJ Transit has upgraded its rail yard in Garwood and worked out an arrangement with Conrail to use rail yards near the former General Motors plant in Linden, allowing for temporary storage of approximately 450 vehicles between the two sites.

The transportation agency drew sharp criticism last year for its decision to store locomotives and train cars at low-lying rail yards in Hoboken and Kearny during Superstorm Sandy.  Nearly 350 vehicles were damaged when those locations flooded, resulting in $100 million in losses. More than half have been returned to service.

During 2011’s Hurricane Irene, NJ Transit moved equipment to Pennsylvania, where it became stranded when Trenton flooded and service was disrupted on the Northeast Corridor.

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