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Here's How a New Jersey Transit Strike Could Affect New Yorkers

Yes, a work stoppage on NJ Transit could have implications for New Yorkers

In other transportation news that doesn't involve Santiago Calatrava, New Jersey Transit could be headed for a complete work stoppage next weekend. The transit organization's workers are currently negotiating with NJ Transit leadership over "wages and benefits," according to the Times, and if an agreement isn't reached the workers could go on strike as soon as March 13.

But how much will this affect New Yorkers? Quite a bit, it turns out: The MTA released some preliminary details on how Metro North, New York City Transit, and NYC bridges are preparing for a strike. If you rely solely on the subway to get around, you can stop reading now; but for anyone who regularly commutes to and from New Jersey, or is a regular Metro North rider, you may want to read on.

Here's what could happen:

Metro North: While the Metro North and NJ Transit are different systems in theory, the latter apparently operates the trains along the former's Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines. If a strike happens, tickets for those lines will be cross-honored on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines; there will also be shuttle buses running to service some of the stops along the closed lines. More details can be found on the Metro North's website.

NYCT: Some express buses that travel from Staten Island to Manhattan make stops in New Jersey along the way; in the event of a strike, some routes "could instead travel through Brooklyn in the mornings and evenings: X17J, X21, X22, X22A, X30. Also the X31 could be rerouted through Brooklyn in the evenings only." Additionally, more subway workers could be stationed at the subway stations that connect to the PATH train, including World Trade Center and 14th St.

NYC bridges: This one is easy: "As a precaution, MTA Bridges and Tunnels is preparing staff and equipment to handle additional traffic if it should materialize at any of the MTA’s nine crossings."

Of course, this could all end up being moot; New Jersey governor/erstwhile presidential hopeful Chris Christie told the Times that "no one’s goal is to have a strike here." We'll see.