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NJ Transit updates train arrival rules following deadly crash

Posted at 1:16 PM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 13:18:13-04

HOBOKEN, N.J. — NJ Transit conductors are now required to join engineers as they guide trains into busy New Jersey stations following a deadly train crash in Hoboken.

The conductors are meant to be a second set of eyes to improve safety conditions, transit officials said. A conductor will only join the engineer for the last portions of trips into Hoboken and Atlantic City.

Conductors and engineers are instructed to focus “exclusively on the railroad, calling signal, checking the route and ensuring that the train is operated safely in compliance with all rules and restrictions.”

Engineers are typically responsible for driving trains while the conductor coordinates train crew activity. The conductor usually checks passengers’ tickets, announces stations and helps passengers.

NJ Transit implemented the new measure following a Sept. 29 crash that killed a woman and injured more than 100 others. Service to and from the Hoboken station has not yet resumed.