- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Transit shut down service Monday night as a snowstorm began blowing through the state and the agency said that it will restore operations “as soon as possible.”

All buses and trains stopped following their 8 p.m. departures Monday as the storm threatened to dump up to 2 feet of snow on parts of the state, with the heaviest snowfall expected to occur overnight Monday into Tuesday.

Executive Director Veronique Hakim said NJ Transit will restore service as soon as possible. The agency said earlier Monday that light rail and buses would be out of service Tuesday and that commuter trains wouldn’t be restored until at least Thursday.

Hakim says light rail, bus and access link service will resume when conditions permit and that commuter rail service will resume when conditions permit and federal inspections are completed.

“We understand that our customers want to resume their normal travel on our system, but with safety as our first priority, we will only do so when we can ensure that it’s safe to travel,” Hakim said. “NJ Transit will work hard to restore service as quickly as possible.”

PATH trains are suspended indefinitely after 11 p.m. and all bridges and tunnels between New Jersey and New York were to be closed Monday night.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said the decision was made because of safety concerns for riders and workers. Snyder said it normally takes a minimum of 12 hours to resume service after a shutdown.

At a news conference Monday, Gov. Chris Christie urged people to stay off the roads Tuesday to allow the state to clear roadways, and said he hoped Wednesday would be “a productive day.”

NJ Transit operates 593 miles of tracks that need to be inspected before service resumes, Snyder said.

Amtrak service between New York and New England was to be suspended Tuesday, and the transit agency warned of reduced frequency elsewhere on the Northeast Corridor.

In southern New Jersey, PATCO posted special snow schedules for Monday and Tuesday online.

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