Weather experts contradict NJ Transit chief on Sandy flooding forecast for rail yards

By Stephen Stirling/The Star-Ledger

Each time James Weinstein explains how NJ Transit left 300 rail cars exposed to the floodwaters of Hurricane Sandy, he becomes a little more stern, more resolute.

“I can tell you unequivocally: The decisions on where to keep and move our rail cars and locomotives were sound, based on the best weather models and forecasts, historical experience and other information we had at the time, mid-day Sunday, when we had to launch the railroad shutdown,” the NJ Transit executive director told the Assembly Transportation Committee Monday. “The facts are, the weather models we used at the time indicated an 80- to 90-percent chance that the Meadows Maintenance Complex in Kearny and the western portion of the Hoboken rail yards would stay dry.”

The problem wasn’t when the decision was made, it was the information used to make it.

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