NJ TRANSITGRID Energy Benefits Fact Sheet

Posted on May 14, 2019

The NJ TRANSITGRID TRACTION POWER SYSTEM will protect commuters and the public from reliability issues and price instability, while mitigating congestion and improving air quality.

A project benefits fact sheet can be viewed here.


NJ TRANSIT proposes to design and construct the NJ TRANSITGRID TRACTION POWER SYSTEM, a first-of-its-kind microgrid designed to provide highly reliable power to support limited service in a core segment of NJ TRANSIT’s and Amtrak’s critical service territory. As defined by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a microgrid is a local energy grid with control capability, which means it can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously.

The purpose of the proposed Project is to enhance the resiliency of the electricity supply to the NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak infrastructure that serves key commuter markets in New York and New Jersey to minimize public transportation service disruptions. The region’s public transportation infrastructure is vulnerable to power outages due to the nature of the existing centralized power distribution system and the intensity and frequency of severe weather events. The microgrid would be capable of providing energy to portions of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, NJ TRANSIT’s Morris & Essex Line, and NJ TRANSIT’s HBLR system during power outages. The microgrid would generate power 24/7.