By: Richard L. Smith
In anticipation of the incoming winter storm, NJ TRANSIT has announced that all its services will run on their regular weekday schedules on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, as weather and road conditions permit.
NJ TRANSIT is urging its customers to allow extra time for their commutes due to the anticipated weather conditions.
The agency has cautioned that, for the safety of passengers and employees, services may face temporary suspensions if the weather severely deteriorates.
Such decisions will be communicated as promptly as possible, although the rapidly changing nature of the storm could lead to quick adjustments.
In a move to facilitate easier travel across different modes of transportation, NJ TRANSIT has implemented systemwide cross-honoring for the entire day on Tuesday.
This policy will allow passengers to use their tickets or passes interchangeably among NJ TRANSIT's rail, bus, and light rail services, as well as with private carriers.
For instance, bus passengers from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal can opt to use the train to New York Penn Station instead, with the same ticket or pass.
Adjustments have been made for specific bus routes, such as Nos. 196/197, which will start and end at the West Milford Park & Ride on Tuesday.
Additionally, rail tickets and passes will be honored on the Port Jervis Line and by Short Line Bus in Orange County.
NJ TRANSIT’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is set to operate throughout the storm, closely monitoring weather forecasts and system conditions.
The agency has assured that it has pre-positioned key personnel and resources to address any impacts on service swiftly.
Travelers are advised to exercise caution around bus stops, stations, and facilities due to potentially slippery conditions.
Delays and cancellations are a possibility, and passengers are encouraged to factor additional travel time into their schedules.
In the event of a severe downturn in weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT has prepared special Severe Weather Rail Schedules that can be activated.
These adjusted schedules are designed to reduce service levels to a more manageable state while ensuring that all rail stations receive service.
NJ TRANSIT has undertaken extensive preparations for winter weather, including the winterization of its fleet and infrastructure.
This includes the maintenance of rail cars, buses, and light rail operations to ensure they can operate effectively throughout the winter conditions.
Travelers are encouraged to stay informed by checking njtransit.com, signing up for My Transit Alerts, downloading the NJ TRANSIT app, and following NJ TRANSIT on social media for the latest updates and travel information.