Jersey City Updates After Snowstorm Jonas

January 24, 2016 Catherine Hecht

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Snowstorm Jonas has brought breaking snow fall totals to our area. We weren’t able to find individual totals for Jersey City but JCI “unofficial” measured 22.2 inches. Other snow fall totals we found for our area include 26″ in Hoboken, 23″ in Harrison, 26.3″ in North Bergen, 26.5″ in Kearny, 28.1″ in Newark and 26.8″ in New York City.

The Jersey City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) command center was activated prior to the storm and will continue to have staff monitoring snow-removal operations throughout today and tomorrow. The OEM command center coordinates all City agencies and works closely with Mayor Fulop and the mayor’s office, PSE&G, United Water, regional police and transportation authorities during emergencies. Mayor Fulop, in coordination with OEM, the Jersey City Incinerator Authority (JCIA) and the Department of Public Works (DPW), rolled out a new “snow team” located at the Linden Avenue Public Works Complex.

Jersey City’s Snow Team has been working to implement improvements at the snow command center, added a new salt storage site, added a new snow removal route, increased equipment and snow removal to include 100 City locations, and increased employees with CDL licenses. Supervisors are monitoring snow plowing and salting operations on 32 screens, and by radio and phone. Snow removal has been broken into 40 sectors with a captain in each sector monitoring two to three plows at any given time.

In a statement Mayor Fulop said, “By maximizing equipment, personnel and other resources, we have developed a plan that makes response times quicker and builds in layers of accountability to ensure every street is plowed quickly and efficiently.”

If you haven’t already be sure to sign up to receive emergency alerts and updates from the citywide alert system SwiftReach and you can also sign up to receive email messages & notifications from the City on their website. Below are some updates we have learned along with some tips to help you dig out!

JCI unofficial snow fall measurement in Jersey City, Snowstorm Jonas 2016. Photo by Catherine Hecht

JCI unofficial snow fall measurement in Jersey City, Snowstorm Jonas 2016. Photo by Catherine Hecht

Shoveling Snow

Be a good neighbor and shovel your walk in front of your home or business (plus it’s the law), residents are reminded to NOT shovel snow into the street. And it’s always a good idea to check on neighbors and friends, especially seniors or those living on their own, if they need assistance. Want to help during the storm? Sign up for JC Shovels and help low income seniors and residents with disabilities dig out.

Public Transportation

NJ Transit will be cross honoring rail, bus, light rail, and private services system wide through the end of service day today.

Weekend PATH service has been restored between the Journal Square and Grove Street stations, but remains suspended between the Newark and Journal Square stations. Service is operational with delays between Journal Square and Hoboken, the World Trade Center and the uptown 33rd Street line into Manhattan.

The Port Authority Bus Terminal reopened at 7 am and NJ Transit bus service was restored as of 12 (noon) and will operate on a modified schedule today as road and weather conditions permit. Travelers should check the Port Authority website or call to confirm bus departure and arrival times with their carriers before traveling to the terminal.

Hudson Bergen light rail has resumed with some delays.  Visit the Port Authority website for updates.

NJ Transit rail service is gradually resuming. To see complete list of services, visit the Port Authority website.

NY Waterway regular weekend service is operating as scheduled.

All Port Authority airports are open, with limited flight activity expected all day at LaGuardia and Newark Liberty and until this afternoon at John F. Kennedy International. Travelers should call to confirm flight times, departures and arrivals with airline carriers before traveling to the airports. AirTrain Newark and AirTrain JFK is temporarily suspended.  The Port Authority has initiated bus operations for passengers with assistance of PAPD and EWR and JFK Customer Care Representatives.

Sign up for Port Authority alerts and PATH alerts for more updates and schedule changes or check their website. You also can subscribe to JCI‘s twitter JC Transportation list to check alerts and tweets from Jersey City and Hudson County transportation agencies.

Driving & Parking

The statewide travel ban has been lifted for all of New Jersey and New York City. Jersey City officials are urging all residents that do not need to be on the road to stay off the roads so that plows can clear snow from the streets and to instead use public transportation if possible. Residents are also reminded not to park within 25 feet of an intersection and to not double park. Doing so only hampers the efforts of crews plowing and salting streets. All vehicles parked within 25 feet of an intersection may be ticketed or towed. If possible, residents are also asked to not park on main thoroughfares, so the JCIA can remove snow from curb-to-curb.

Driving during or after storms can be hazardous, so again take public transportation if you can to avoid being on the road. Other than speed restrictions on some of the major highways no other driving restrictions have been issued locally.

If you do drive, remove all snow from your car especially from the hood, windows and roof. It’s safer for everyone on the road, and, again, it’s the law. Motorists who fail to do so face fines of $25 to $75 for each offense. In addition, you should check your vehicle to ensure your windshield wipers are working properly and you have plenty of wiper fluid and you should have a few supplies in the trunk such as a snow shovel, ice scraper and brush, flashlight, ice melt or kitty litter (in case you get stuck with your tires spinning somewhere), and your mobile phone (and charger) with you in case of emergency. Fill up the tank if you’re low on gas — the extra weight can provide better traction for your vehicle.

All Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels have reopened including the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing. The George Washington Bridge’s pedestrian walkway is closed.

Alternate side of the street parking and street sweeping is canceled for tomorrow Jan. 24. Regular parking enforcement is in affect and will focus on violations impacting snow removal. Follow @JCParking on Twitter for daily updates.

JCI is checking on the availability for residents to park in municipal lots to help keep cars off streets.

Schools & Universities

Jersey City Public Schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 25. For more information, visit the Jersey City Board of Education website.

Hudson County Community College will be closed today. The College anticipates reopening on Monday, Jan. 25. Check their website for updates.

Garbage and Recycling

Garbage and recycling has been canceled for tonight Sunday, Jan. 24 and tomorrow Monday, Jan. 25.

Staying Warm

The local heat ordinance is in effect between October 1 and April 30 for dwellings of two families or more and in places of employment.  This ordinance requires that if there is no written agreement to the contrary heat of a temperature not less than 70 degrees fahrenheit must be supplied from 6 am to 11 pm and heat of a temperature not less than 65 degrees fahrenheit must be supplied from 11 pm to 6 am. For issues on the weekend call 201.547.4821; Monday through Friday call 201.547.4825, after 4 pm on weekdays call 201.547.4821.

The Department of Health & Human Services has partnerships with the following agencies, for anyone in need of shelter:

Garden State Episcopal Drop In Center, 514 Newark Avenue, (201) 604-2600

Hudson County Self Help Center, 880 Bergen Avenue, 201.420.8013

Hudson Pride Connections Center, 32 Jones Street, 201.963-4779

St Lucy’s Shelter, 619 Grove Street, 201.656.7201

Updates

Residents can call the Resident Response Center at 201.547.4900 to speak to a live person until 5 pm tonight. After 5 pm residents can reach the RRC at the OEM command center at 201.547. 5566. For additional updates check the Jersey City government website or follow the city on social media at @JC_Gov or @JerseyCity411.

JCI will add any updates we get to this post and will also share updates via our twitter feed so follow us @jcindependent.

Stay safe JC!

Sledding in Lincoln Park. Photo by Dan Levin.

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