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NJ TRANSIT Quietly Releases Revised Hazard Response Plan

NEW JERSEY (CBSNewYork) -- More than a year and a half after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on NJ TRANSIT trains, the agency has developed a new plan on how to handle future weather events.

NJ TRANSIT's decision to store rail equipment in low-lying areas during Sandy resulted in $120 million worth of damage to hundreds of rail cars, as well as a wave of public criticism.

NJ TRANSIT Quietly Releases Revised Hazard Response Plan

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Last month, without any formal announcement, the agency posted on its website a new 16-page plan. The old plan was 3 1/2 pages long, WCBS 880's Levon Putney reported.

Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. said the plan is designed to address all hazards, not just major storms.

"It could be a major snowstorm, it could be another act of God, but the key thing is that we've put together a wide-ranging extensive plan," Durso told Putney. "It ensures that all employees and all senior operating officials know the specific responsibilities they will be called upon to play in the event of an emergency."

Durso said the agency started coming up with the plan in late 2013 to meet new Federal Emergency Management guidelines.

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