Exclusive: New Jersey railway put trains in Sandy flood zone despite warnings

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jaguar6cy wrote:

Since these are all government owned and union controlled rail operations, there will no fallout from it at all. It really isn’t a problem, is it? Taxpayers and passengers will pick up the tab. And it will probably happen again. “We can do it, yes we can.”

Nov 17, 2012 6:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jaguar6cy wrote:

Since these are all government owned and union controlled rail operations, there will no fallout from it at all. It really isn’t a problem, is it? Taxpayers and passengers will pick up the tab. And it will probably happen again. “We can do it, yes we can.”

Nov 17, 2012 6:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
auger wrote:

When you are dealing with powered rolling assets that can be easily moved such as trains, what is the excuse for not erring on the side of caution? The established routes were not running for service anyway. My depression-era parents are rolling in their graves

Nov 17, 2012 6:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
victor672 wrote:

“Hey, ya know, if ya need $385 million it’s no problem. Help yourselves to the taxpayers’ money.”, replied Obama at the Jersey press conference, “just make sure you order new cars and engines from the union shops.”

Nov 17, 2012 7:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Idiots ! ! The executives and managers of New Jersy Transit should be held responsible for their negligence, mismanagement and terminal stupidity. Those responsible should be reprimanded and who ever made the decision to blowoff, disregard the Weather Service reports gambling that their “EXPERIENCE” trumped that of the Weather Service computers and forecasters, causing millions of dollars in damage need to be FIRED. People with real experience, common sense and wisdom as a rule of thumb make judgements and respond on the side of caution. If the bureaucracy of the New Jersey Transit and State government lets this go with no retribution or punishment for the loss of so much tax payer money there has to be corruption and cronyism involved. Just compare the New Jersey response to that of New York and the decision is easy that heads should roll and pink slips handed out.

Nov 17, 2012 8:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Wassup wrote:

Common sense is apparently not one of the main attributes of NJ Transit executives in charge of operations.

Nov 17, 2012 11:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NJCommuter wrote:

NJ Transit, like most other railroads, is a hierarchical organization. Managers and executives decided where the trains would go. The union members just follow orders, putting locomotives and train cars where they’re told. Conductors I’ve spoken with since Sandy had no more information than passengers. NJ Transit officials have not detailed plans for repairing damaged equipment since the storm, beyond announcing schedule changes. They were clearly hoping this story wouldn’t come out.

Nov 18, 2012 1:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
NJCommuter wrote:

NJ Transit is a hierarchical organization. Executives and managers, not union members, decided where to move the trains. The unionized crews merely put the locomotives and train cars where they were told. NJ Transit’s handling of preparations for Sandy was clearly inept.

Nov 18, 2012 1:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
seapixy wrote:

The decisions made by the NJT management will end up costing millions to fix. As a regular commuter I should not have to pay for such incompetence. There should be an investigation, and James Weinstein, NJ Transit’s executive director, and NJ Transit Chairman James S. Simpson should both be let go for such stupid decisions and lack of oversite.

Nov 18, 2012 7:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
inbound123 wrote:

If the governor would stop eating for a moment, perhaps he would do his job and clean out the incompetents @ NJT. They do not care about their customers, in fact it appears they go out of their way to inflict suffering on the riding public.
Where are our leaders on the continuing incompetence of NJT?

Nov 20, 2012 9:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
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