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NJ TRANSIT OBSERVES NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH AND OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR CUSTOMERS, COMMUNITIES
June 6, 2014
NEWARK, NJ — Continuing the agency’s steadfast focus on safety, NJ TRANSIT announced today that it is joining with the National Safety Council and numerous other organizations across the country in recognizing National Safety Month during the month of June. The theme of this year’s commemoration, “Safety: It takes all of us,” recognizes the vital spirit of collaboration necessary to effectively promote safe choices around public transportation systemwide.
“The safety of our customers, employees and the communities we serve remains our top priority at NJ TRANSIT,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim. “As we mark National Safety Month, it is fitting that we all take a brief moment to review some simple, common sense ‘do’s and don’ts’ which will further promote a safe environment for our customers, our employees and for all New Jersey residents and visitors.”
RAIL and LIGHT RAIL SAFETY:
- Never walk, play, ride your bike or 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. Trains can operate on any track, at any time.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Use extra caution when using headphones or using your cell phone near tracks, or while on the station platform. If you are not listening or paying attention, you may not hear a train approaching.
- Listen to train personnel and watch your steps when boarding and exiting a train. Never climb on top, or between rail cars.
- Stay away from wires, especially overhead catenary wires - you can be electrocuted if you come in contact with them.
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.
- Have your fare or bus card ready so you can hold handrails while boarding the bus.
- When exiting, do not cross in front of the bus. Wait for the bus to pull away, walk to the nearest crosswalk, and look both ways before crossing.
- When crossing at an intersection, be aware of turning vehicles as you cross the street.
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NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 262 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 165 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.