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NJ Transit: We’re ready to protect equipment if Hurricane Joaquin hits

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Entrance of an NJ Transit train at Penn Station, NYC (Annette Petriccione, Townsquare Media)

New Jersey Transit is getting ready for Hurricane Joaquin and its possible effects on the state and its equipment.

“We’re all working hard on storm preparedness,” NJ Transit Executive Director Ronnie Hakim told New Jersey 101.5.  “We are prepared with a storm management plans that affects all of our modes” that covers everything from sandbags to moving equipment around to higher ground.

Gov. Chris Christie at a press conference about preparation for Hurricane Joaquin said he had spoken to Hakim about NJ Transit’s plans for the storm. The agency’s equipment sustained $125 million worth of damage during Superstorm Sandy. when equipment was not moved out of low-lying areas.

“We have pre-identified locations in Linden and Garwood if we need to move equipment out of our Meadows Maintenance Complex in Kearny or if we need to move equipment out of Hoboken,” areas that have that flooded in the past, according to Hakim.

Hakim is confident NJ Transit will not have any storm-related disruptions to service before the weekend.

“It’s too early to tell today what the weekend is going to look like,” how Joaquin will affect the Monday morning commute or if any trains will be moved to higher ground.

Text TRAFFIC to 89000 for traffic and transit updates throughout the storm.

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