NJ Transit Officials Address Storm Preparedness, Bus-Commuter Complaints

Emergency plan includes details previous plan lacked

Credit: Nancy Solomon
South Orange commuters waiting in line for a bus in the days after Sandy.
Any port in a storm? NJ Transit officials learned the answer to that – the hard way.

When Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012, the agency’s emergency storm plan took up all of 3 ½ pages – and trains were stored in flood-prone yards in North Jersey. One-third of the fleet was destroyed.

But maybe now they’ve gotten it right. A new 22-page plan includes specific, detailed instructions on how NJ Transit should respond if and when another superstorm looms.

Meanwhile, the transit agency says it’s addressing commuter complaints about crowding and delays at the sprawling Port Authority bus terminal in Midtown Manhattan.

NJ Transit says it’s working with the Port Authority and the New York City Department of Transportation to improve the flow of bus traffic. It’s also conducting a “field review” to record bus-arrival times and identify trouble spots. However, the Port Authority itself may have the real solution – it says it wants to build a bus annex to alleviate congestion.

Read and listen to a report by Andrea Bernstein of WNYC, a partner of NJ Spotlight, on NJ Transit’s new storm-preparedness plan.

And read a report on the attempts by NJ Transit to address bus-commuter woes by Kate Hinds of WNYC.