2012-11-21. With Many Trains Damaged, N.J. Transit Is Criticized Over Where It Stored Them

posted Nov 22, 2012, 5:41 AM by Alan Gould
| by Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times. An article relevant to GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt:   Less than a month after Hurricane Sandy damaged nearly a quarter of its rail cars and locomotives, New Jersey Transit is facing withering criticism this week for keeping much of its equipment in low-lying yards during the storm, despite forecasts of potential flooding. The agency said 261 rail cars and 62 locomotives had been damaged, many at a maintenance site in Kearny, N.J…. Officials have said that experience helped guide storage decisions before the storm, noting that the Kearny site in particular had never flooded….  James Weinstein, the agency’s executive director, said … the agency could not yet provide a precise cost figure, but placed the damage in the tens of millions of dollars…. Some of the agency’s newest purchases, including dual-powered locomotives, had been stored in Kearny and Hoboken. The agency said nine of the locomotives had been damaged; each cost about $8 million.  . Read the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/22/nyregion/storm-damage-prompts-criticism-of-new-jersey-transits-train-storage-plan.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121122&_r=0