Contact Us
Make My Homepage

New Report Aims To Bolster Rail Safety In Jersey

New Jersey Transit Train
Flickr User Phillip Capper

Following several fatal accidents on or near NJ Transit rail lines at the end of last year, a Rail Safety Committee was formed – and has now issued a new report with several recommendations about how to better protect Garden state residents near train tracks.

Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson says the suggestions revolve around three complimentary safety spheres – education, enforcement, and engineering.

“Engineering is basically to take a look at the geography of all the rail grade crossings and the right of ways” he says, “looking to see what can we do vis a vie signs, better gates, better signals.”

He says in some locations, a pilot program will be launched that will include “Second Train Coming” warning signs.

“When the gates are down and one train passes people think okay, the gates must be going up” says Simpson, “and they continue to walk – and unfortunately they’re struck by a train coming in the opposite direction- like that youngster- that 13 year old up in Garfield.”

The Commissioner adds the report also recommends expanding NJ Transit’s Rail School Safety Program, implementing a generalized public education campaign, and stepped up enforcement at stations deemed to be high risk – where residents are regularly observed ducking under flashing gates, and jumping over fences near railroad tracks.

Best of NJ101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.