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Does There Need to Be a Federal Review of Train Safety in New Jersey?

Following railroad disasters in Hoboken and Brooklyn in the past few months, two US Senators from New Jersey, Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, believe a federal review of train safety in New Jersey and nationwide is necessary. Per a report in The Press of Atlantic City, the federal review would focus on whether railroad systems had installed inward facing cameras in their trains and implemented sleep apnea testing of employees who operate their locomotives. Both Senators believe that some railroad systems have been too slow about implementing the safety initiatives. Neither Senator directly called out New Jersey Transit for its role in the Hoboken train accident or the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) in the wake of the LIRR train derailment. Instead, they drew from numerous examples of railroad disasters that had happened nationwide over the last 15 years as the reason why the safety changes needed to be implemented…
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Why Are Train Engineers Fighting NJ Transit Over DUI Law?

A 2016 NJ Transit DUI law has become the basis for legal claims being brought against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Attorney General Christopher Porrino. The lawsuit was filed by unions working on behalf NJ Transit train engineers who oppose the DUI law and feel it should not apply to NJ Transit employees. What Is the NJ Transit DUI Law? The rule at the center of the controversy is a state law that does not allow people whose driver’s license has been suspended because of a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction to operate a NJ Transit train. The NJ Transit DUI law took effect last August following a report that surfaced a few months earlier that an engineer was operating trains despite having his driver’s license suspended for 10 years after committing several drunk driving offenses. Why Is the Train Engineers’ Union Pushing Back Against the DUI Law? The…
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