Starting tomorrow, November 1, NJ TRANSIT will restore bus service on 68 bus routes in northern New Jersey and 18 bus routes in southern New Jersey, providing service over the entire routes with no detours or truncations. For a complete list, visit njtransit.com.
Also tomorrow, NJ TRANSIT will restore partial service on 58 bus routes in northern New Jersey and 17 routes in southern New Jersey that will operate with detours or truncations due to ongoing impacts from Hurricane Sandy. For details, visit njtransit.com
Bus service on routes not listed remains suspended until further notice. Power outages in local communities have resulted in the loss of traffic control devices critical to safe operation in some areas. Downed tree limbs and power lines continue to make many roads impassable. Personnel are in the field reviewing and assessing these conditions in order to ensure that service is restored as soon as it becomes safe to do so.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Governor Christie has acted to boost supplies of gasoline and diesel in New Jersey by directing Treasury officials to waive licensing requirements that affect merchants’ ability to buy fuel from out-of-state suppliers.
Under normal conditions, merchants not licensed to import fuel can’t legally buy gasoline and diesel from out of state and import it. The waiver, which will be in place until Nov. 7, will boost storm-depleted supplies by allowing all merchants temporarily to buy fuel from out of state for their New Jersey customers.
Access to the barrier island communities of Brigantine, Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport remains restricted at this time as per a directive by Governor Chris Christie.
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson is requesting that the governor rescind the restriction for Brigantine, Margate and Longport after visiting those towns earlier today and conferring with their officials.
Because Ventnor sustained flooding to its sewer system, residents cannot return until the system is operating at full capacity. And in Atlantic City many areas of town remain without power and traffic signalization making it unsafe to return at this time.
The Borough of Wildwood Crest has announced to its residents that all debris from the recent storm should be separated from regular trash and placed curbside in proper containers for collection by the borough’s sanitation department. Storm debris will be collected borough wide throughout the remainder of this week.
Larger personal property destroyed by the storm must be cut into four-foot sections before being placed curbside.
Regular household trash and recyclable items will also be picked up on a routine basis throughout the borough for the balance of this week if placed curbside.
The borough will resume its normal trash collection schedule on Monday, Nov. 5.
Atlantic County and local emergency management officials are working to finalize a re-entry plan for the barrier island communities of Brigantine, Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport. Approximately 65,000 Atlantic City Electric customers remain without power throughout Atlantic County and numerous homes sustained flooding and other storm damage. Officials cannot give the all clear until they can ensure that towns are safe and homes are inhabitable. At this time, access to the barrier islands remains restricted
Ventnor residents will not be able to return to the city until such time that the sewer system is operating at full capacity. According to Ventnor officials, the system sustained flooding and filled with saltwater. Residents who have any questions may contact city hall at (609) 823-7900.
Atlantic City Electric continues to work non-stop to restore electric service to customers who lost power as a result of Hurricane Sandy. At the peak of the storm, more than 220,000 customers lost power. As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, approximately half of those were back on line. The expectation is that 90 percent of mainland customers will be back on line by midnight Sunday, November 4. Damage assessments in the barrier island communities continue and are expected to be completed today. Restoring electric service to the most severely impacted of those barrier island communities may require more than a week.
Sea Isle City, Avalon, Ocean City, and Stone Harbor have all opened up to residents and property owners. The towns making the decision today after storm clean up continued throughout the night. Many towns remain without power in sections. Many residents have worried about checking storm damage and to assess their situation.
Access to the barrier island communities remains prohibited at this time in both Cape May and Atlantic Counties. In spite of the ban, the Wildwood island have re-opened the roads to their communities and we have heard reports that people are getting back into Cape May. Damage assessments are ongoing and Cape May County OEM officials have not yet removed their restrictions to access the barrier islands. Atlantic County officials say there are still extensive power outages on the barrier islands, downed live wires and potential structural damages which make it unsafe for residents to return. Once public safety and emergency management officials determine that these issues have been satisfactorily resolved, a decision will be made as to when access will be restored and residents can return home.
Re-entry to barrier islands in Cape May County is not yet permitted, as the county remains under a state of emergency. Officials from the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management, and municipal officials will be touring the coast from U.S. Coast Guard helicopters to assess the damage from the air. Re-entry into Cape May County Barrier Islands will be announced as soon as possible. However, until then, the mandatory evacuation for the Barrier Islands remains in effect.