NJ Transit to Discuss Plans to Handle Possible Rail Strike

March 03, 2016

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey transportation officials are set to release their plans in case of a rail strike next weekend.

They’re holding a news conference Thursday morning at the Secaucus Junction station.

Unions representing rail workers have authorized a strike to begin 12:01 a.m. on March 13 if an agreement isn’t reached.

The two sides are meeting before a national mediation board in Washington on Friday to try and settle differences over wage and health care increases.

A strike could create massive gridlock in New Jersey. New Jersey Transit trains provide roughly 300,000 passenger trips each weekday.

Contingency plans likely would include increased bus service as well as ferry service across the Hudson River, similar to what occurred after Superstorm Sandy hampered rail service in late 2012.

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