SEPTA to loan 31 buses to NJ Transit

November 3, 2012 8:58:08 PM PDT
SEPTA officials have agreed to loan New Jersey TRANSIT the use of 31 SEPTA buses to New Jersey Transit in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

NJ Transit was severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy when its light rail lines, commuter rail system and Amtrak's Hudson River Tunnels were significantly damaged by the storm.

Service was suspended across the state's public transportation network as a result.

The SEPTA "loaner" buses will assist the remaining fleet of NJ TRANSIT's operable vehicles and will help support shuttle service for riders traveling from New Jersey into New York City.

SEPTA officials did not hesitate to authorize the vehicle exchange.

"We do not anticipate that this slight reduction of our bus fleet will cause bus passengers to experience any inconvenience or overcrowding," said SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey. "I'm confident that our riders will agree that helping our neighbors in New Jersey, who have limited public transportation options, is the right thing to do."

Each of SEPTA's eight bus districts was asked to relinquish buses for the special mission.

SEPTA officials say a convoy of 31 buses will leave from SEPTA's Frontier District at 1525 Alan Wood Road in Conshohocken, PA at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 4, 2012 en route to New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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