The Bay Head Yard Substation Replacement Project furthers NJ TRANSIT’s efforts to protect our critical infrastructure during future adverse weather conditions and other emergencies. During Superstorm Sandy, much of the electrical equipment in Bay Head Yard was impacted by storm surge. The yard’s two substation structures were submerged in 18” to 48” of salt water, creating serious damage. This project involves the design and construction of a replacement Bay Head Yard substation, in a single structure, including switch-gear, transformers and all other associated power cable, devices, and controls. The replacement Bay Head substation will be constructed on the site of the existing facility. A redundant electrical utility feeder line for the new substation will also be included, to further increase resiliency. The substation will be elevated above flood elevation, as now required by codes and standards, and will utilize components designed to better withstand contact with salt water in those places where project elements cannot be raised. The new substation will have two liquid-filled transformers to power Bay Head Yard’s buildings and the wayside power system that allows diesel locomotive engines to be shut down overnight, reducing noise and air pollution. The existing substation’s emergency standby generator system will also be replaced.
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Anticipated Project Timeline
|April 2020||Demolition of existing 1983 substation|
|May 2020 – June 2020||Installation of test foundation piles for new substation and wayside power infrastructure|
|June 2020 – July 2020||Installation of regular foundation piles for new substation and wayside power infrastructure|
|June 2020 – October 2020||Wayside power system infrastructure construction|
|June 2020 – November 2020||Electric pole installation|
|July 2020 – December 2021||Construction of new substation and wayside power infrastructure|
|January 2022||Demolition of existing 2006 substation|
|January 2022 – August 2022||Construction of new backup generator and generator building|
|November 2022||Project completion|