Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

N.Y. Trains Hit at NJ Transit Flooded Yard

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

N.Y. Trains Hit at NJ Transit Flooded Yard

Article excerpt

NJ Transit's own trains weren't the only ones damaged when superstorm Sandy flooded its low-lying maintenance yard. The agency also stored Metro-North equipment there.

Seven locomotives and six rail cars owned by Metro-North -- the arm of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that provides suburban commuter service in New York -- suffered $1.7 million in damage that have so far prevented two Bergen County rail lines from returning to full service.

In all, hundreds of pieces of NJ Transit equipment were damaged at the Meadows Maintenance Complex in Kearny after Sandy's surge inundated the yard. NJ Transit's decision to leave the equipment in Kearny and Hoboken rather than move it to higher ground -- despite extreme weather warnings -- resulted in $100 million in damage to rolling stock, and has drawn heavy criticism from the public and lawmakers here and in Washington.

The $1.7 million figure was included in NJ Transit's earlier estimate of overall damages.

Metro-North deal

Metro-North pays NJ Transit to offer commuter service into Rockland and Orange counties in New York on its Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines, the so-called "West of Hudson" lines that also serve parts of Bergen County including Montvale, Westwood, Emerson, River Edge, Wood-Ridge, Ramsey and Garfield. As part of that agreement, Metro-North provides NJ Transit with 15 locomotives and 65 rail cars to use on those lines.

Marjorie Anders, a spokeswoman for Metro-North, confirmed Thursday that salt water damaged all electrical components, including brake lines, on the equipment.

"The West of Hudson equipment will be repaired by NJ Transit at an estimated total cost of $1.7 million," she said.

Officials plan to seek reimbursement from FEMA or their insurance policies, she said.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said that all seven locomotives and two of the six cars have been repaired, but she did not have details on how many have been placed back in service.

Anders said some express train round-trip service has not yet been restored on both lines. …

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