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NJ Transit to Test Positive Train Control (PTC) Safety Device

New Jersey Transit recently received approval to begin testing positive train control (PTC) on one of its train lines. PTC is a system that automatically slows or stops trains to prevent them from speeding or running past stop signals. It is designed to stop train-to-train collisions, derailments, train movements through misaligned switches and unauthorized train entry into work zones. It does this through the use of GPS, wireless radio and computers. NJ Transit is required to implement PTC by the end of 2018, though whether it will meet the deadline is unknown. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), PTC could have prevented several fatal train accidents, including a Metro-North derailment in 2013 and an Amtrak derailment in 2015. The organization is still investigating whether PTC could have prevented the devastating Hoboken train crash in September 2016, which killed one person and injured 114. According to the Federal Railroad…
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How Often Do NJ Transit Trains Crash?

In early July, a New Jersey Transit train derailed on its way into Pennsylvania Station in New York. The derailment led to more delays on NJ Transit and Amtrak tracks in a time where delays are already causing headaches for thousands of commuters daily. New Jersey Transit officials described the incident as a “slow speed derailment,” the cause of which was not immediately known. Fortunately, none of the 100 to 150 people on board were injured. But commuters overheard conductors saying that it will surely happen again. This incident occurred nearly three months after another New Jersey Transit train derailed at that station. The April 3 derailment was caused by a defect in the tracks. New Jersey Transit was aware of the defect but had underestimated how urgent it needed to be repaired. In response to that derailment, New Jersey Transit lowered the maximum speed for trains entering and leaving…
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Can NJ Transit Be Liable if Someone Injures Me on a Bus?

In 2013, a New York woman aboard a New Jersey Transit bus was accosted by four other passengers. The altercation ended when one of the passengers threw a bottle at the woman. They then got off the bus. The thrown bottle permanently scarred the woman and required her to get 22 stitches. The woman sued New Jersey transit, alleging that the bus driver was negligent. The accusation stems from the the driver’s failure to stop the bus and kick off the unruly passengers. The driver also did not call the police when it became apparent that the passengers were a danger to others. The woman was recently awarded $1.8 million for her personal injuries by a jury, who found NJ Transit 100 percent liable for the incident. Why Was This Incident NJ Transit’s Fault? NJ Transit has a duty of care to passengers on its buses to provide a safe…
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