To provide a resilient energy supply for a targeted portion of rail infrastructure, NJ TRANSIT will construct a first-of-its-kind electrical microgrid capable of supplying highly reliable power during storms or other times when the centralized power grid is compromised. NJ TRANSITGRID comprises two projects: The NJ TRANSITGRID TRACTION POWER SYSTEM and NJ TRANSITGRID DISTRIBUTED GENERATON SOLUTIONS.
The NJ TRANSITGRID TRACTION POWER SYSTEM will consist of a central, natural gas power plant and transmission lines to traction power substations that electrify the tracks and operating controls on portions of the NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak systems. The proposed facility will operate 24/7 and be sized to handle limited operations on the Northeast Corridor between New York’s Penn Station and NJ TRANSIT’s Jersey Avenue Station in New Brunswick; the Morris & Essex line between Hoboken Terminal and Newark’s Broad Street Station; the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) Transit System; and the signal system on a portion of the Main Line.
NJ TRANSITGRID DISTRIBUTED GENERATION SOLUTIONS will incorporate distributed energy, renewable energy, and other technologies to provide resilient power to key NJ TRANSIT stations, maintenance facilities, bus garages, and other buildings. NJ TRANSIT will purchase electric, non-revenue vehicles to maximize energy storage.
The Project is a result of a partnership between NJ TRANSIT, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
NJ TRANSITGRID TRACTION POWER SYSTEM will provide resilient power to key NJ TRANSIT facilities and portions of the Northeast Corridor, Morris & Essex Lines, HBLR Transit System, and the signal system on a portion of the Main Line. Traction power and certain elements of NJ TRANSITGRID will be powered by a central, natural gas power plant, with a proposed location in an industrial zone in Kearny, NJ, close to two substations that serve the Morris & Essex line and Northeast Corridor. Other elements of the project will be located at specific facilities serviced by those generation assets.
NJ TRANSITGRID will:
- Maintain and enhance mobility and regional security in the event of power outages and emergency situations;
- Minimize disruptions to the regional workforce and economy;
- Enhance electric grid reliability by providing additional sources of efficient power;
- Minimize source pollutants by replacing older, less efficient energy generation with newer, cleaner generation technologies.
NJ TRANSITGRID will advance as a result of a grant awarded by the FTA, through FTA’s Emergency Relief Program for resiliency projects in response to Superstorm Sandy.