NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – NJ TRANSIT is resuming regular rail service for the first time since superstorm Sandy caused $450 million in damage to rail cars, tracks and stations.
A new schedule will take effect Sunday that reflects rail operations system wide with 697 out of 700 trains that were running before Sandy.
“This is going to take us to nearly 100 percent, actually 99.6 percent,” NJ TRANSIT spokesman John Durso Jr. told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.
The agency says it will offset the three remaining trains with increased service on lines based on ridership.
“We’ve adjusted our service throughout our system, again, to ensure that we’re meeting customer demand,” said Durso.
The changes include six additional trains on the Morris & Essex Lines and six trains added on the Montclair-Boonton Lines.
“And for Midtown Direct customers on the Gladstone Branch, they will be utilizing multi-level double-decker rail car service on a regular basis for the very first time,” said Durso.
Superstorm Sandy hit on Oct. 29, 2012.
The Pennsauken Transit Center will open on Monday, which will provide a first-ever direct connection between River Line light rail service and the Atlantic City Rail Line.
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