After more than a year of protests on land and even in the water, environmentalists got their wish. An NJ Transit project to build a back-up power system to keep trains running will be fueled by solar and battery storage instead of natural gas.
“We are reimagining the project to make it more environmentally friendly,” said Kevin Corbett, NJ Transit CEO, at Friday’s Alliance for Action transportation conference. “The goal is to get to 100% renewable energy. We want to make it as green as possible.”
The project, known as Transitgrid, has been opposed by environmentalists and 13 Hudson and Bergen county towns and cities that passed resolutions opposing the project because it would worsen pollution in North Jersey.
The 140 megawatt generator is part of the larger NJ Transitgrid Power System, a $546 million project that would provide electricity to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, parts of NJ Transit’s Morris and