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Old Posted Jan 31, 2013, 12:43 PM
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NJ Transit eyes 2 new train yards

NJ Transit officials are considering building a train storage yard far from the storm-surge waters that swamped the agency’s upper Hoboken and Meadowlands Maintenance Center yards, where about a quarter of its fleet was flood damaged by superstorm Sandy.

Two Central Jersey locations being considered are off the busy Northeast Corridor Line — one in an existing Conrail freight yard between Linden and North Rahway and another in County Yard, an Amtrak yard between the New Brunswick and Jersey Avenue stations.

Both locations were mentioned by Kevin O’Conner, NJ Transit rail operations assistant executive director, during a program about superstorm Sandy’s effect on NJ Transit and Amtrak, held earlier this month by the New York Chapter of the Transportation Research Forum. Both yards could be expanded to accommodate about 300 locomotives and rail cars each, but spokesman John Durso said plans are still in the preliminary stages and nothing had been decided.

“A lot hasn’t been finalized, and we’re continuing to work with state and federal officials to focus on making our infrastructure more resilient to withstand future storms like Sandy,” Durso said.
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