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NJ TRANSIT Service To Return To Normal At Last After Sandy

NJ Transit Train (file / credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

NJ Transit Train (file / credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Starting Monday, life after Superstorm Sandy will be back to normal at last for the vast majority of TRANSIT passengers.

For the first time since the storm, service to and from Penn Station will return to its pre-hurricane levels.

More trains were also set to be restored to the North Jersey Coast Line.

NJ TRANSIT has been using diesel trains for service to Hoboken because of lingering electrical damage.

The damage from Sandy cost the transit agency nearly $400 million. That included more than $100 million for waterlogged trains and rail equipment.

NJ TRANSIT came under fire for leaving trains in rail yards prone to flooding. In total, 62 locomotives and 261 rail cars were damaged.

In addition, more than 630 trees had to be removed from tracks.

Jim Weinstein, NJ TRANSIT’s Executive Director, said in December that on top of the $400 million in repair and replacement costs, the agency was to spend another $800 million to be better ready for another storm like Sandy.

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