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We take safety seriously at NJ TRANSIT. In fact, so much so that we applied for and received a $20,000 Operation Lifesaver, Inc. grant for NJ TRANSIT S.A.F.E. (Safety Awareness For Everyone). It's the largest safety education grant ever given to NJ TRANSIT, and just one of 11 awarded to transit agencies nationwide.

In April 2014, the national Operation Lifesaver organization launched a new "See Tracks? Think Train!" campaign. We're joining them in that effort by creating this rolling billboard (pictured), part of a national public service initiative targeting risky driver and pedestrian activities near railroad tracks. You may see some of these wrapped multilevel trains with safety messages along the Morris & Essex Lines, Northeast Corridor and Main-Bergen County Line, the first time we have wrapped railcars with a safety message!

The NJ TRANSIT S.A.F.E. grant project will expand outreach efforts to generate awareness of trespassing and distracted commuter and driver behavior throughout the system. NJ TRANSIT has also collaborated with Operation Lifesaver on a Driver Education Safety Program and a Distracted Driver Safety Program. Meanwhile, our Safety Education Specialists are visiting schools every week while we continue to work with communities and push out safety messages via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Trespassing on rail and transit tracks or violating rail-crossing laws is a losing proposition. Whether walking or driving, when you see tracks, use caution and be alert for approaching trains. Also, observe these safety messages:

  • Only cross tracks at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings.
  • Never walk or drive around lowered gates.
  • Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly.
  • The train you see is closer and moving faster than you think.
  • Trains can approach on any track, in either direction, at any time.
  • Walking on tracks is trespassing, illegal and dangerous.

Safety awareness is for everyone! When You See Tracks, Always Think Train! To see the full campaign visit www.SeeTracksThinkTrain.Org. For additional information on the NJ TRANSIT Safety Education Program, call (973) 491-7158 in North Jersey or (856) 614- 7010 in South Jersey.

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