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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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