In Newark, New Jersey, The River LINE looks to a new method of refurbishing and maintaining the exteriors of its light rail vehicles. Through the use of wrap film, NJ Transit has found that revamping the rail vehicles can be done cost-effectively and environmentally safer than with traditional printing.
“Maintaining our vehicle fleets using new techniques like exterior wraps is consistent with NJ TRANSIT’s mission to deliver maximum value to our customers in the most environmentally friendly way as possible,” says NJ TRANSIT president and CEO Kevin Corbett. “The pilot project underway on the River LINE may eventually help NJ TRANSIT keep our vehicles looking their best and help protect them from wear and tear with the added benefit of substantial cost savings.”
The material, 3M Wrap Film Series 1080, is being installed by the Reidler Decal Corporation of St. Clair, Pennsylvania. The company also did the decal work on NJ TRANSIT’s “Heritage Locomotives” that it introduced last year to mark the agency’s 40th anniversary.
The agency expects the pilot project to finish this month and cost a total of $38,020. According to NJ Transit, it’s estimated that the wrap installation on the River LINE’s entire fleet of 20 trains will save the public transportation system $570,000 compared to traditional painting.