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Mistake that led to flooded
trains won´t happen again
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NJ Transit boss vows:
Mistake that led to flooded
trains won´t happen again

Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Mike Frassinelli

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Posted By:Ribicon, 12/11/2012 12:38:57 PM

Trenton — Questioned by the state Assembly Transportation Committee over the ill-fated decision to leave locomotives and train cars in rail yards that ended up flooding during Hurricane Sandy, the executive director of NJ Transit said yesterday the agency will not make the same mistake twice. NJ Transit sustained $100 million worth of damage to its rail equipment, including 62 waterlogged locomotives and 261 sopped train cars. NJ Transit Executive Director Jim Weinstein said the decision was based on the agency’s forecasts and history of no floods at the rail yards in Kearny and Hoboken, but after the worst storm

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Top officials left $100 million-plus of its newest equipment in an area the experts said would see serious flooding. Sure enough, the area flooded, and because these are Blue State government officials, they get to keep their jobs, maybe even receive bonuses.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: janylou, 12/11/2012 12:57:09 PM     (No. 9059785)

It won´t ever happen again until the next time it happens.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: nimby, 12/11/2012 1:01:17 PM     (No. 9059797)

So, this maroon gets his hand slapped and the tax payers bear the brunt of replacing the equipment? Why is he still holding his position? Why wasn´t he fired?

Bunch of incompetent people who never learned lessons from Katrina

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Reply 3 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 12/11/2012 1:07:15 PM     (No. 9059819)

Of course, the pinheads on the committee aren´t bright enough to ask the obvious question:

"Mr. Weinstein, where did you obtain your experience and/or education in meteorology to allow yourself to make such a critical decision?"



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Reply 4 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/11/2012 1:26:59 PM     (No. 9059847)

Next time will be a different and more costly mistake.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: nimby, 12/11/2012 1:27:25 PM     (No. 9059848)

None of the officials whether in NJ and NY thought of getting advice from folks in the hurricane belt who routinely go through hurricanes, did they?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: happywarrior, 12/11/2012 1:34:25 PM     (No. 9059865)

Until next year NJ! Get those boardwalks rebuilt in time for the next one too, and don´t forget to place the roller coaster out over the ocean again!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Kurto, 12/11/2012 1:51:00 PM     (No. 9059904)

Has anyone been fired yet?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: veritas, 12/11/2012 1:56:07 PM     (No. 9059918)

"NJ Transit boss vows: Mistake that led to flooded trains won´t happen again"

Uhh, ok, good -- but the problem is that it happened the first time, despite days of warning ahead of the storm and a known history of flooding where the trains were stored.

IMHO, some of these people belong in jail for malfeasance.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 12/11/2012 2:13:21 PM     (No. 9059971)

So, here are the smarteswt, most educated, higest paid thinkers in the transportation industry and they could not figure out that water flows down hill! They knew Sandy was a huge storem and even out here in Nevada we saw the news days ahead that predicted record high water and flooding! The Dems are letting them escape the so-called "Wood Shed" experience because the same idiots who let this happen promise it won´t happen again?They "learned their lesson."!!! I could have taught them that lesson with a simple phone call and it would not have cost NJ 100 million bucks in flooded locomotives and cars. The NJ tax payers are the ones getting taken to the wood shed!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JAN, 12/11/2012 2:32:27 PM     (No. 9060012)

Wouldn´t it be wise to determine where the railcars are stored depending upon the impending circumstances?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: blizzard, 12/11/2012 2:39:18 PM     (No. 9060023)

Famous last words...

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Reply 12 - Posted by: civilservant, 12/11/2012 2:46:01 PM     (No. 9060033)

Yes, of course...a railyard that sits on the Hudson River, and has a channel cut about %75 of the way into it is safe from FLOODING.

Dear Lord, I work with morons.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Clark Kent, 12/11/2012 2:46:39 PM     (No. 9060035)

every time you tuned into the news the day before landfall there were warnings being issued stating this storm surge would be higher than any other in recent history. Guess no one was listening... geez

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mickturn, 12/11/2012 3:14:05 PM     (No. 9060069)

So what did you idiots think would happen when the Hurricane brought in a 15´ (small) wall of water?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: dr.lakerman, 12/11/2012 3:33:04 PM     (No. 9060100)

#6 beat me to it.
And in case anyone forgot, Mayor Nagin of New Orleans allowed the fleet of school buses to be flooded, rather than use them to evacuate residents of New Orleans, because he couldn´t find enough drivers with CDL licenses.
And to reduce Nagin´s argument to absurdity, imagine a private aircraft being piloted by a man who suffers a heart attack and dies, in the air. And his wife is the only passenger, but is not a licensed pilot.
I guess under the Nagin doctrine, the FAA would refuse to instruct her on how to land, because that would be piloting without a license.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: lazyman, 12/11/2012 3:46:51 PM     (No. 9060115)

Five days of warnings of a superstorm and they leave equipment on the lowest part of the lines. NJ hasn´t paid into their pension funds for years where the workers have never missed a payment. The fatman wants to run on screwing the cops and fireman. aybe he should be concerned with this.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: cartcart, 12/11/2012 5:06:57 PM     (No. 9060255)

Does the State of NJ "insure" or "self-insure" this equipment? If they self-insure, then what part of "self" does he not understand? I do not want to provide tax dollars from Arizona for their oversights. Insure/pay/replace them YOURSELF, Mr. NJ Transit boss.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/11/2012 7:27:53 PM     (No. 9060466)

Just like Katrina fooled Ray Nagin who had all the school buses parked in a lot below flood level. In both cases the vehicles could have been used to evacuate people. Government employees never learn from mistakes.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: eorsc, 12/11/2012 8:01:11 PM     (No. 9060516)

It wasn´t in their job discription?

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