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All Aboard: A Review of NJ Transit's Response to Hurricane Sandy 

The effects of Hurricane Sandy are still present on the East Coast; for the purpose of this blog, we are focusing on New Jersey. This article written by Mike Frassinelli, from NJ.com, exclusively points out the 26-page report that TEEX (Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service) conducted last year.

This report is a review of NJ Transit's response to Hurricane Sandy. TEEX is a program which specializes in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Workforce training; their report is not seen as, "a public scolding [but] as constructive criticism to help NJ Transit for the next huge weather event."

An important topic that needs to be resolved before the next super storm would be: storage. The storage facility used for the rail cars and equipment (which was at the Meadows Maintenance Complex [MMC]), "resulted in flood damage[.] [T]he decision to park equipment at the MMC was based on the storm information available at the time, past storm experience and the need to keep the equipment as close as possible to meet demands for prompt restoration of service."

Since the release of the TEEX report, NJ Transit has stated that they have a contract with, "a private weather service to provide modeling and flooding projections, and an outside engineering firm [which] has developed storm surge maps for critical facilities." 697 trains are in motion, which is near the 700-a-day mark before Hurricane Sandy.