NJ Transit Slowly Resuming Bus Service

NJ Transit is slowly getting back to pre-Superstorm Sandy after an announcement that they will resume bus service in Camden. The transit agency, which has been closed since the massive storm started blowing through on Monday.

Governor Chris Christie announced the returning bus service to Camden on Wednesday, but added that they will be running on a limited Saturday schedule for the time being, reports ABC News.

Officials have also stated that the NJ transit system has sustained “unprecedented damage” from Superstorm Sandy, leaving the majority of it suspended until further notice.

Across the state pictures showed power lines and trees on top of railway tracks, while several bridges sustained damage from the storm surge, notes The Wall Street Journal.

James Simpson, commissioner of the state’s Department of Transportation, stated that the transit system’s facilities have suffered flooding, while sections of NJTransit’s North Jersey Coast Line were completely washed away.

A key junction along the Midtown Direct route that is popular for New York City-bound commuters was also washed away.

Christie added during a news conference on Tuesday, “There is major damage on each and every one of New Jersey’s rail lines,” meaning that none of NJTransit’s 11 commuter-rail lines were spared by Superstorm Sandy.

The major transit hubs in Hoboken, Seacaucus, and Newark Penn Station were all flooded, along with PATH stations. NJ Transit crews have been inspecting the damage on 500 miles of agency-owned track, 300 crossings, bridges, and facilities on Tuesday morning. It is too early to tell how much it will cost to fix the damage.

NJ Transit Resumes Camden Bus Service, No Time Frame For Trains