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1/14/2013



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Hurricane Sandy update: NJ Transit fully restores rail service into New York City


Reflecting its ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Transit implemented rail schedules today that include additional trains on the North Jersey Coast Line, fully restoring service into New York City.

The line was among the hardest hit by the storm. Starting today, the line will operate nine additional trains, restoring service to 96 percent of its pre-Sandy schedule.

Two North Jersey Coast Line trains will run between Long Beach and New York Penn Station, which will restore the agency to 100 percent of its pre-Sandy service level to and from New York City. The remaining seven trains will either originate or terminate in Bay Head, with four of those trains resuming direct service between Bay Head and Hoboken Terminal.

"The full restoration of our New York Penn Station rail service marks another important milestone for NJ Transit and our customers, the majority of whom commute to and from midtown Manhattan," said Executive Director James Weintstein in a prepared statement.

In total, the agency will add nine trains on the North Jersey Coast, eight on the Morris & Essex, six on the Montclair-Boonton, three on the Pascack Valley and two on the Port Jervis lines.

The hurricane had destroyed the agency's Mason Substation in Hoboken, a critical component of the infrastructure that provides electric power for trains to operate in and out of Hoboken Terminal. With no electric power available, diesel-powered trains have been substituted for electric-powered trains into and out of Hoboken, particularly along the Gladstone Branch of the Morris & Essex lines.

NJ Transit officials tentatively expect electric power to be restored to the terminal by March.


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