Did Faulty Data Doom NJ Transit Trains Damaged by Sandy’s Stormwaters?

Incorrect numbers blamed for ill-fated prediction that tracts were unlikely to flood

When hundreds of its railway cars were heavily damaged during Hurricane Sandy, NJ Transit said no one could have predicted the devastating flooding of its yards and facilities in the Meadowlands and in Hoboken.

But New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority fared just fine during the historic storm, thanks to predictions churned out by its computer models.

NJ Transit had computer models, too, reports NJ Spotlight partner WNYC.

The problem is that incorrect numbers were entered into the NJ Transit computer programs.

A look at whether faulty data entry was at least partly to blame for NJ Transit’s multimillion-dollar miscalculation.