Rail and bus service to and from Greater Morristown will be suspended, along with service on many other routes, as of 8 pm Friday, Feb. 8, because of “rapidly deteriorating weather conditions,” NJ Transit reports.
The Morris & Essex Lines and Midtown Direct services that serve Greater Morristown could shut down sooner; commuters should check njtransit.com before traveling.
“Due to high wind gusts, heavy snow accumulation and the possibility of falling trees, NJ TRANSIT is suspending rail service on these lines that were heavily hit by Hurricane Sandy, which took away system redundancies. This step also is being taken to avoid potentially stranding customers in the territory that is being hardest hit by the storm,” the agency says in a statement.
Once service is halted, it takes at least 12 hours to re-start.
Waiting rooms at the Morristown train station, and other stations, will remain open overnight during the storm, according to the statement. Here is more:
FROM NJ TRANSIT:
NJ TRANSIT TO SUSPEND SOME RAIL, BUS AND ACCESS LINK SERVICE DUE TO WINTER STORM
NEWARK, NJ — Due to rapidly deteriorating weather conditions and in the interest of customer and employee safety, NJ TRANSIT will be suspending some bus, rail and Access Link service later this evening. Customers are advised to check njtransit.com for the latest service information.
Bus Service: NJ TRANSIT bus service in northern and central New Jersey (all routes north of I-195) will be suspended as of 8 p.m. This includes all routes that serve Port Authority Bus Terminal and George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, all routes that operate via U.S. Route 9, and all northern local bus routes. This service suspension will remain in effect until further notice, and will be lifted when buses can again safely operate throughout the impacted area.
Bus service will continue to operate in Cape May, Atlantic, Camden, Salem, Gloucester, Burlington, Mercer and Cumberland counties unless weather conditions change.
Rail Service: NJ TRANSIT’s Morris & Essex Lines (including Gladstone Branch), Montclair-Boonton Line and all Midtown Direct services will be suspended as of 8 p.m.
Due to high wind gusts, heavy snow accumulation and the possibility of falling trees, NJ TRANSIT is suspending rail service on these lines that were heavily hit by Hurricane Sandy, which took away system redundancies. This step also is being taken to avoid potentially stranding customers in the territory that is being hardest hit by the storm.
This suspension will continue through tomorrow, Saturday, February 9, 2013. It should be noted that it takes at least 12 hours to restore rail service once it has been suspended. However, rail crews will be on standby at key locations to expedite the start of service after crews have completed inspections, any necessary repairs are complete, and conditions have been deemed safe for customers and employees.
In addition, customers are advised that prior to 8 pm, some trains may be cancelled and/or combined due to deteriorating weather conditions.
Access Link: Access Link paratransit service will be cancelled starting on Friday afternoon and continuing all day Saturday in Region 4 (Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and north Ocean counties), Region 5 (Essex, Union, Somerset and Morris counties) and Region 6 (Bergen, Hudson, Passaic and parts of Essex counties). No new outbound trips in these regions will be provided on Friday, and all return trips will be accomplished as early as possible. Full service will continue to operate in Region 2 (Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties) and Region 3 (Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and south Ocean counties) unless conditions warrant otherwise.
Systemwide Cross-Honoring in Effect: To give customers additional travel options during expected winter weather conditions, NJ TRANSIT will continue to offer full system wide cross-honoring for the remainder of Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9, enabling customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode–rail, light rail or bus. Additionally, NJ TRANSIT bus, rail, light rail and bus passes will be cross-honored on private carrier buses.
Extended Station Hours for Customer Comfort: All NJ TRANSIT-owned and operated rail station waiting rooms will remain open extended hours, including evenings and overnight, throughout the storm.
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