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ALERT: NJ Transit Prepares for Expected Heavy Rains, Strong Winds, Ice Storm

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New Jersey

By: Richard L Smith

NJ Transit officials said all services will operate on full weekday schedules tomorrow, Friday, December 23, for as long as weather and road conditions safely allow. 

According to the National Weather Service, New Jersey is expected to see rain, strong winds and potentially ice as the storm moves through and temperatures drop rapidly. 

NJ TRANSIT officials say customers are advised to only travel if necessary.  Customers who must travel are urged to build in extra time for their commute.

For the safety of our customers and employees, weather conditions may require temporary service suspensions.  Should that occur, NJ TRANSIT will provide as much advance notice as possible.

However, conditions are expected to change quickly due to the nature of the storm and the rapid drop in temperatures below freezing. 

Customers are encouraged to monitor for the latest service information continuously.

Systemwide cross-honoring is in effect for rail, bus and private carriers and light rail service for the full-service day on Friday.

For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass or ticket on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station. 

Transit officials said customers using their tickets or passes to travel to a destination other than the destination printed on their original ticket will be subject to the appropriate additional fare if applicable.

According to NJ Transit officials on Friday, December 23 and Saturday, December 24, Bus Route Nos. 196/197 will originate/terminate at Greenwood Lake Park & Ride. NJ TRANSIT Rail will accept NJ TRANSIT Bus tickets and passes on Port Jervis Line trains to/from Harriman, Tuxedo and Sloatsburg stations. Short Line Bus will accept NJ TRANSIT tickets and passes in Orange County.

NJ TRANSIT’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be open and closely monitoring weather forecasts and conditions as the storm develops.

Essential personnel will be pre-positioned to respond to any impacts to the system throughout the storm. 

Customers are advised to use extreme caution around bus stops, stations and facilities as slippery conditions may exist.

Customers should also build extra travel time into their schedules as delays and cancellations are possible as a result of the storm’s impact.