NJ TRANSIT REMINDS CUSTOMERS: “DON’T BE HASTY, OBSERVE SAFETY” DURING NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH
Educational Campaign Expands On Year-Round Commitment To Safety
June 2, 2023
NEWARK, NJ – NJ TRANSIT is utilizing June, designated as “National Safety Month” by the National Safety Council, to launch an educational campaign for customers and employees. This year’s theme is “Don’t Be Hasty, Observe Safety.” The month will feature tips and reminders to reinforce safety on and near the transit system throughout New Jersey. While the campaign will run during June, safety is a core value at NJ TRANSIT and it remains the highest priority throughout the year.
“Safety for our customers and employees is a top priority for NJ TRANSIT,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “Throughout June, customers will see safety messages on social media and the website to remind them of safety protocols and the importance of remaining vigilant while using the system.”
“As we mark National Safety Month this June, NJ TRANSIT is stepping up our commitment to safety with the launch of an important educational campaign,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett. “NJ TRANSIT wants to reinforce the importance of a culture of transit safety among our employees, customers, motorists, pedestrians and the communities we serve.”
During June, NJ TRANSIT will be reinforcing safety strategies, informing and educating those who use, ride, work or live around transit of safety protocols and risky behaviors by providing safety tips that will be displayed publicly and at employee locations throughout the state. New Jersey Transit Police Department officers, Office of System Safety employees and members of the Customer Experience team will be interacting with customers through various safety events to remind the public of the importance of safety protocols when at a transit station or using mass transit.
The following are some important safety tips to keep in mind:
Rail and Light Rail Safety:
- Never take a short cut on or across rail tracks.
- Only cross railroad tracks in clearly identified, designated areas where there are lights, signs and grade crossings.
- Look and listen! Never ignore active warnings at crossings or attempt to pass through, around or under a gate in the down position.
- 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 step when boarding and exiting a train.
- 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.
- Only exit or board the bus after it has come to a complete stop.
- Be vigilant to avoid hazards – an injury avoided is a life-changer.
- Position yourself properly when securing mobility devices.
- Avoid distractions, multi-tasking and unnecessary situations.
About NJ TRANSIT
NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 253 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 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia