New Jersey Transit Director Steps Down After Super Bowl Woes
(TRENTON, N.J.) -- After New Jersey Transit received unwanted attention for lengthy delays following this month's Super Bowl, the Executive Director of the transportation system is expected to be replaced, effective March 1.
Jim Weinstein oversaw New Jersey Transit for four years, which included struggles following superstorm Sandy and the Super Bowl. During the 2012 storm, New Jersey Transit opted to leave trains in rail yards that ended up getting flooded, costing about $120 million in damages, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
When the Super Bowl came to New Jersey on Feb. 2, the rail system was overwhelmed by about 33,000 riders, more than double the expected figure. Many of those travelers were forced to take trains due to extremely limited parking.
According to the office of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Veronique Hakim, the current Director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority will take over Weinstein's job with New Jersey Transit. Hakim's former position will be taken over by Joseph Mrozek, currently the Deputy Commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
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