As the area braces for a potential three-to-five inches of tardy snow (not quite a White Christmas, but close, right?), NJ Transit announced that it would be cross-honoring of tickets starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Cross-honoring will remain in effect until the end of the service day Thursday, Dec. 27, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode—rail, bus or light rail. For example, customers who normally take the bus from Rutherford to the Port Authority Bus Terminal may use their bus pass on the train from Rutherford to New York Penn Station. Similarly, customers who normally take the bus between Atlantic City and Lindenwold may use the train instead.
Customers are reminded that many NJ Transit rail lines are on modified schedules because of Hurricane Sandy and are advised to check njtransit.com before traveling.
The transit service also reminds customers of the following:
- Systemwide: NJ Transit plans to operate a regular weekday schedule Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 26 and 27. Depending on the impact of the storm, it may be necessary for NJ Transit to modify service as conditions change.
- Bus Service: While every effort will be made to continue operating bus service throughout the state, customers may experience delays or detours on their routes in the event of extreme winter weather conditions. Customers are advised to plan accordingly and anticipate disruptions to bus service.
NJ Transit winter-weather preparations include:
- Snow plows and salt spreaders are ready for service and snow-removal contracts are in place with outside vendors.
- NJ Transit is well-stocked with 16,000 bags of snow-melting supplies, and hundreds of shovels and snow blowers.
- NJ Transit has performed maintenance and testing on its two rail-mounted jet snow blowers in the event they are needed to help clear train tracks of snow and ice, particularly in rail yards.
- More than 750 rail switches, switch heaters and overhead wires were inspected as part of NJ Transit’s preventative maintenance program.
- Onboard heating systems, thermostats, weather stripping and electronic components have been inspected on NJ Transit railcars and locomotives.
- Bus maintenance personnel have inspected and performed necessary maintenance on a fleet of nearly 2,200 buses—from the heating and airbrake systems, to the engine fluids, tires, windshield wipers and doors.
- For the latest travel information, visit njtransit.com or access the transit utility's Twitter feed at @NJ_TRANSIT prior to starting your trip. In the event of delays or service adjustments, NJ Transit will provide the most current service information via the "My Transit" alert system, which delivers travel advisories for specific trips to any mobile device. Service information is also available by calling 973-275-5555 or from broadcast traffic reports.
- Listen closely to public address announcements at stations for late-breaking information.
- Build additional travel time into your trip to a station, terminal or bus stop.
- Stairs, flooring and platforms can be slippery, so use caution when walking along wet surfaces or any outdoor surface exposed to the weather. Use extra care when boarding or exiting buses and trains.
- Report slippery or unsafe conditions to bus operators, train crews or NJ Transit staff.
If you park, ensure your car is stocked with a snow brush and ice scraper so you can clear your car upon returning to the lot.