NJ Transit to consider purchasing 25 acres for dry storage

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NEWARK, N.J. — NJ Transit is eyeballing 25-acres of Conrail-owned land owned in Middlesex County, N.J., to store rail equipment during inclement weather, news agency NJ.com reports.

NJ Transit officials are currently negotiating whether to purchase the land and tracks needed to keep rail equipment safe during flooding and other poor weather conditions.

The land purchase would allow the agency to move locomotives and rail equipment out of harm's way. According to the article, locomotives and passenger cars stored in rail yards in Hoboken, N.J., and the Meadowlands Maintenance complex were damaged from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Upwards of 300 trains were damaged by the storm.

If agency officials can secure a deal with Conrail to buy the three miles of track spanning 25 acres, NJ Transit would move equipment to the land near New Brunswick and North Brunswick in advance of dangerous weather.

The project, known as the Delco lead and county yard projects, could cost up to $368 million. The expense would be partially offset by a $183 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration and $60 million from the state of New Jersey. The tracks would be able to hold up to 144 railcars and locomotives.

New Jersey would also pay $125 million to build a separate 5-mile track next to the Delco lead that could store 288 pieces of equipment.

The work could be completed as early as by the end of 2021.

See the original story online.

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