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NJ TRANSIT Eyes Linden Site After Flooding In Kearny, Hoboken

Sandy floods the tracks at NJ TRANSIT's Hoboken Terminal (credit: NJT)

Sandy floods the tracks at NJ TRANSIT’s Hoboken Terminal (credit: NJT)

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Superstorm Sandy

LIDNEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - NJ TRANSIT is learning a lesson from superstorm Sandy, which ravaged its storage facilities in Kearny and Hoboken, causing $100 million in damage.

NJT took a lot of heat for putting trains in flood-prone areas.

The agency is now looking at a Conrail yard in Linden, near the former General Motors plant.

“New Jersey Transit is exploring a short-term solution,” spokesman John Durso told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith on Friday.

He said the agency could shelter 300 cars at that site and is now in negotiations with Conrail.

“Our focus remains squarely where it should be – learning from this experience to be better prepared, to better position ourselves, as well as make our infrastructure more resiliant for future storms,” Durso said.

He said the long-term goal is to eventually build a new and similar-sized storage yard in New Brunswick.

62 locomotives and 261 rail cars were damaged by the storm.