Green Government: NYC MTA vs. NJ Transit, Sandy Edition

“Luck should never be part of your critical planning.”

After Sandy’s floodwaters receded, NYC’s subways were back up running in days. Six months out, NJ Transit is still not fully operational.

How come?

We now know, thanks to diligent reporting, that the NYC MTA had a fully vetted and tested climate change adaptation plan, and that NJ Transit did not.


How NJ Transit Failed Sandy’s Test

But the fate of NJ Transit’s trains – over a quarter of the agency’s fleet – didn’t just hang on one set of wrong inputs. It followed years of missed warnings, failures to plan, and lack of coordination under Governor Chris Christie, who has expressed ambivalence about preparing for climate change while repeatedly warning New Jerseyans not to underestimate the dangers of severe storms.

The silver lining is my hope that this reporting will help fuel productive conversations about my state’s preparations for dealing with climate change-related events. So that New Jersey is better prepared next time.

Join me at the May 22 New Jersey Climate Adaptation Conference: Climate Change Preparedness in New Jersey: Leading Practices & Policy Priorities.




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