NJ Transit Shows Off Its Tools To Battle Winter’s Storms

NEWARK (AP) -
New Jersey Transit executive director Steven Santoro answers a question Thursday as he stands next to a jet-powered snow blower in Kearny, NJ. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
New Jersey Transit executive director Steven Santoro answers a question Thursday as he stands next to a jet-powered snow blower in Kearny, NJ. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

New Jersey Transit showed off its tools Thursday on preparations to get its passengers to and from work in the winter.

Executive director Steven Santoro said the agency has equipment and plenty of salt on hand to help its trains and buses get through a storm. The locomotives, rail cars and buses have undergone winter maintenance. Workers also have inspected more than 750 switches and switch heaters, overhead wires and bridges along the rails.

Two jet-engine-powered snow blowers are available to remove ice and snow from tracks and critical switching areas. Contracts have been finalized with vendors to plow snow from the larger park and ride lots.