NJDOT renews effort to improve safety at rail crossings

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 19:33
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A range of initiatives designed for quick implementation to promote safety and reduce accidental deaths along New Jersey’s busy railroad tracks were announced Wednesday by the state Department of Transportation.

The announcement caps three months of work by a Safety Along Railroads Leadership Oversight Committee that was formed in the wake of two incidents during the autumn. Those incidents, in Wayne on Oct. 2 and in Garfield on Oct. 3, claimed the lives of three teenagers and injured a fourth.

A report on the initiatives, attempts to build on a foundation of existing NJ TRANSIT safety programs and represents the work of a large number of federal and state officials and other people interested in the issue.

Recommendations contained in the report primarily revolve around three so-called safety spheres: engineering, education and enforcement. 12 high-priority action items are proposed to be carried out or at least started within a year or, in some cases, much sooner.

The report also lists a dozen safety efforts that NJ TRANSIT has started or committed to since the formation of the committee in November.

Here are engineering action plans:

Here are education action plans:

Here are enforcement action plans:

—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM