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New Jersey Transit’s board earlier this week approved construction of a new storm-resilient electrical substation at the Bay Head rail yard on the North Jersey Coast Line to replace two existing substations damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Funded by the Federal Transit Administration, the new substation will be protectively encased and elevated above anticipated salt water storm surges and flooding levels, according to a NJ Transit press release.
PKF-Mark III Inc. will construct the substations for no more than $20.7 million, while T.Y Lin International will manage the project.
The project is part of NJ Transit’s resilience program to make the transit system and infrastructure stronger post-Hurricane Sandy.
Storm surges during the hurricane resulted in salt-water corrosion to substations' electrical components and related electrical distribution systems. Substations supply electric power to the catenary, yard and equipment facilities’ systems.