Report Warned NJ Transit Officials of Flood Risk

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A report on climate change completed for NJ Transit months before superstorm Sandy struck New Jersey urged the agency to begin planning for higher storm surges that could envelop rail yards, destroy track beds and corrode switches, gates and signals.
The Oct. 29 storm caused more than $400 million in damage to the agency’s system.

The $45,990 study included a map that shows the Kearny and Hoboken rail yards sit squarely in “storm surge areas.”  Sandy floodwaters inundated both yards, swamping locomotives and rail-cars — including 84 new multilevel passenger cars — and damaging spare parts.  In those two yards, damage to railcars and locomotives was estimated at $100 million.

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