Obama administration announces plan to boost NJ Transit energy grid

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The partnership calls for the DOE to help the New Jersey Transit system design an "advanced microgrid" electricity system that officials say will make power outages during future storms less likely.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) hailed the effort to make the New Jersey Transit commuter rail system more reliable for citizens of his state.

“As we rebuild New Jersey from Superstorm Sandy, I am committed to making our state stronger and more resilient. NJ TRANSITGRID is an important step in that process,” Christie said in a statement.

“This first-of-its-kind electrical microgrid will supply highly-reliable power during storms, and help keep our public transportation systems running during natural times of disaster, which is critical not only to our economy, but also emergency and evacuation-related activities," he continued. "The Obama Administration has been an integral partner with this innovative project, and we will work closely with them in the months ahead to make NJ TRANSITGRID a reality.”

New Jersey Transit officials estimated that the state's rail system sustained $400 million of damage during the 2012 storm.