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June 2, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT is joining with the National Safety Council and numerous other organizations across the country in recognizing National Safety Month during the month of June.   Safety is the utmost priority for the corporation and NJ TRANSIT recognizes that collaboration between the agency and the public is necessary to effectively promote safe choices around the public transportation system.




“The safety of our customers and employees remains our top priority,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Steven H. Santoro.  “That’s why we have been so focused on having Amtrak perform critical infrastructure repairs at Penn Station New York to ensure the reliability of the tracks, which serve as the foundation of safety for tens of thousands of customers each and every day.”




“We can use this month to be reminded of some simple ‘do’s and don’ts’ which will further promote a safe environment for our customers and our employees,” Santoro said.




“NJ TRANSIT is spreading the message of safety everywhere,’’ said Office of System Safety Chief Gardner Tabon. “National Safety Month is a time when we reinforce our face-to-face engagements, inform and educate employees, customers, motorists and others of safety protocols and risky behaviors by visiting them at selected work sites, by printing messages on pay stubs and by hanging posters in visible locations. These reminders promote the idea that we all share in the responsibility of staying safe.’’




Following are some important safety tips for everyone:


Rail and Light Rail Safety:


  • Never take a short cut along, around or across rail tracks. 
  • Only cross railroad tracks in clearly-identified, designated areas where there are lights, signs and grade crossings. 
  • Always stand behind the yellow safety line when waiting on the station platform. 
  • Do not lean on train doors and stand clear as the doors open and close.
  • No running or playing on platforms or around tracks.
  • Listen to train personnel and watch your steps when boarding and exiting a train. 




Bus Safety:
When waiting for and riding a bus:


  • Use designated crosswalks and sidewalks to reach the bus stop.
  • Never run after a bus; you may slip and fall, or may be struck by another vehicle.
  • Wait for the bus at designated stops and stand two to three feet from the curb.
  • Hold handrails while boarding the bus.
  • Stand behind the white line when the bus is in motion.      




NJ TRANSIT will be increasing safety advertising and handouts onboard bus, rail and light rail vehicles. During the month, NJ TRANSIT will be hosting employee safety day events at various work sites to remind employees of the importance of safety protocols.






NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 944,000 weekday trips on 255 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.