Roads, public transportation are readied for Monday’s storm
New Jersey's Department of Transportation, NJ Transit and the Port Authority had crews working Sunday to prepare roads and mass transit for Monday's wintry weather.
New Jersey Fast Traffic's Bob Williams suggests leaving a little earlier on Monday. "We're going to get a bit of everything from this storm from snow north of I-80 to a snow and ice in Central Jersey to all rain in the south," he said. "You'll need the extra time no matter what you get."
Speeds early Monday morning were reduced on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike with slower speeds posted further to the north. New Jersey State Police tweeted there have been 112 reported crashes and 177 motorist aids in State Police patrolled areas since midnight.
NJ DOT crews treated most of their 13,295 miles of roadways with brine on Sunday, according to spokesman Steve Shapiro. "Conditions could vary within a few miles on the roads with this storm," he said.
With contractors included, the DOT will have 2,600 pieces of equipment available throughout the storm, according to Shapiro, who warns drivers to stay back from salt and sand spreaders to minimize the possible damage to their own vehicle .
NJ Transit says it will be cross-honoring tickets system-wide Monday and has16,000 bags of snow-melting supplies and hundreds of shovels and snow blowers at the ready. Equipment is fully inspected and ready to handle the storm, the line says.
Amtrak says it will maintain regular service Monday on the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston.
The Port Authority has 200 pieces of equipment at its airports, along with 60 pieces on the bridges and tunnels. PATH trains will keep running with the help of plow trains and distribution of liquid snow-melting agent.
The opening of the ports has been delayed until 10 a.m. to limit congestion, with trucks not allowed to begin lining up until 9:30 a.m.
FlightAware.com reports over 1,550 flights have been canceled for Monday out of Newark, LaGuardia, Kennedy as well as Boston's Logan Airport and Chicago's O'Hare in anticipation of the snow.