New Jersey Transit is preparing for a possible shutdown due to Hurricane Sandy.

Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media

NJ Transit says they need 12 hours to complete a shutdown as buses, light rail and train components are moved away from flood-prone areas and can be ready for a quick re-start of the system. NJ Transit equipment would also be freed up to assist with evacuations and other storm-related services.

“The safety of our customers, employees and the public-at-large is paramount,” said NJ Transit Board Chairman and New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson. “By beginning this important process, NJ Transit will be better able to support the state’s response to Hurricane Sandy by freeing up buses or other resources that may be needed for hurricane relief.”

No final decisions have been made regarding any potential future service suspension.

Earlier today, Governor Christie announced system-wide cross-honoring of all rail, bus and light rail tickets starting Monday, 12:00 a.m. and continuing through Wednesday, 6 a.m. This important step will allow customers holding NJ Transit tickets to use alternate means of transportation to get to their final destination, such as PATH, PATCO and private bus carriers.

Due to the duration of the storm and the potential impact to the NJ Transit system, this timeframe could be extended if necessary.