As we begin to recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey Transit has taken steps to improve service and prepare for the future.
New Jersey Transit is taking meaningful steps to prevent a loss of transit service during future natural disasters.
Back in 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused major flooding in Bayonne, Jersey City, and Hoboken. Storm surges in the Hudson River caused serious damage in Hudson County. Much of the floodwater that gushed through Hoboken and Jersey City came through what is called the Long Slip, a 100-ft.-wide canal that runs for a third of a mile alongside the railroad tracks in Hoboken. The Hoboken station is important as an important transfer point for several New Jersey Transit rail lines, buses, and PATH.
New Jersey Transit has developed a plan to modify the Long Slip, so that it would no longer serve as an easy opening for flooding. The transit agency will fill in the canal and construct an additional train station. That station will have six tracks and three high-level boarding platforms that would be placed (hopefully) above any floodwaters that might manage to get in.
Another important New Jersey Transit project is a back-up means of electrical power called Transitgrid. The transit agency will construct a microgrid to supply power during storms when the central power is compromised. Transitgrid will help several rail lines in this area including the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. The Transitgrid concept is another result of lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy, when transit lines were knocked out of service.
Train lines are not the only subject of planning for the future in our state. New Jersey has established a goal of replacing all of the buses that pollute our air. In January of this year, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that sets goals for the percentage of buses in New Jersey that will have zero emissions. By the end of calendar year 2024, the goal is to have at least 10 percent of buses with zero emissions. That same legislation aims to have at least 50 percent of buses with zero emissions by the end of 2026. Finally, the law calls for 100 percent of buses to have zero emissions by the close of 2032.
Let us thank New Jersey Transit for looking carefully to the future. All New Jersey commuters need safe, reliable, and resilient transit services that are good for us and our environment.