How NJ Transit plans to keep trains running during a blackout

NJ Transitgrid

The first steps to building a back-up power system to keep sections of NJ Transit’s busiest rail lines running, after a blackout or storm knocks out electricity, were taken by NJ Transit’s board Wednesday.

Board members approved a $17 million contract with Jacobs Engineering Group of Morristown to design and do preliminary engineering for what could be the nation’s first mass transit micro power grid.

The system, known as NJ Transitgrid, would provide limited rail service even during a blackout of commercial power.

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