April 14, 2016 |
The ACLU's New Jersey chapter is raising concerns about how NJ Transit monitors riders on its light-rail lines. The civil liberties group says the agency is infringing on passenger privacy by not only capturing video on board its trains, but recording audio. Another major concern, the ACLU says, is that NJ Transit has not disclosed what policies, if any, are in place to control who has access to the recordings, how they are used, how long they are kept, or how they are protected against unauthorized access.
March 31, 2016
NJ Transit police officers were targeted by hackers associated with the ISIS terror group who encouraged supporters to carry out "lone wolf" attacks on the officers, the agency confirmed. Caliphate Cyber Army, formerly known as the Islamic Cyber Army, recently posted personal details about 55 transit officers, SITE Intel Group, which monitors Jihadist cyber activity, reported earlier this month. Philly.com inquired about the SITE Intel report then, but NJ Transit did not reply until Newsweek published a story about the incident on Tuesday.
March 17, 2016 |
Some 150,000 New Jersey Transit commuters narrowly escaped a nightmare scenario when the rail agency came to an agreement last weekend with its unions, avoiding a strike that would have shut down the commuter line. The New York metropolitan region had faced the threat of a massive disruption because rail workers, unlike most local-government employees, are still allowed to walk off their jobs, thanks to a 90-year-old federal law. Congress should amend that law, the Railway Labor Act, so that it no longer gives rail workers at public agencies like NJ Transit leverage to threaten strikes during negotiations.
March 13, 2016 |
A threatened strike by NJ Transit rail workers that could have thrown Monday's commutes into chaos for tens of thousands of people was averted Friday evening as Gov. Christie and union leaders announced a contract deal. Christie said that with the deal, "we avert a strike and the damage it would do to our economy. " He said no fare increases or service cuts were planned at least through June 2017. The tentative settlement, he told reporters in Newark, was the result of "hard negotiations and compromises on both sides.
February 11, 2016 |
Where's the snow? Anyone expecting a winter wonderland when they awoke this morning was disappointed. Most of the Philadelphia region found just a dusting on cars and sidewalks today, but meteorologists said snow showers were expected on and off all day. But into the afternoon, the wait was still on. And the meterologists were still predicting snow. A winter storm warning remains in effect for Delaware, Chester, Adams, York and Lancaster counties, but the rest of the region has been downgraded to a winter weather advisory, in effect until Wednesday morning.
January 1, 2016
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December 24, 2015
A man was fatally struck by a NJ Transit train Tuesday night in Atlantic County, the agency reported. About 8:35 p.m., the man was hit by an Atlantic City Rail Line train about one mile west of the Egg Harbor City station. None of the 50 passengers and crew on the 8:10 train out of Atlantic City destined for Philadelphia was injured. Service was suspended on the line in both directions in the vicinity of the incident, and bus service was established between Egg Harbor City and Hammonton.
December 22, 2015 |
A key train safety system is now active on Amtrak rails from Washington to New York. And SEPTA's Regional Rail system is not far behind in activating its own version of the technology, officials have said. Amtrak activated Positive Train Control, which can automatically slow or stop a speeding train, between Philadelphia and New York this past weekend. The system went online from Philadelphia to Washington a week ago, spokeswoman Christina Leeds said Sunday night. The system was already operational on Amtrak rails from New Haven, Conn., to Boston, she said.
December 3, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - More money could become available to compensate victims of the May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia and fund rail safety upgrades under a bipartisan transportation bill, introduced Tuesday and expected to race to passage in Congress this week. Both provisions are small parts of a 1,300-page, five-year, roughly $300 billion package that touches on highway safety, railroad law, and road programs nationwide. The measure, agreed to by House and Senate negotiators to reconcile competing transportation bills, would raise the accident liability cap for railroads to $295 million, up from a $200 million cap first set in 1997.
November 14, 2015 |
For the second time this year, a board appointed by the White House will seek to settle a dispute between NJ Transit and 12 railroad unions. The three-member emergency board appointed by President Obama starts work Friday and will receive within 30 days the final settlement offers from NJ Transit and the 12 unions involved in the contract dispute. Thirty days after that the board will issue a recommended settlement to the president. The unions, representing more than 4,000 NJ Transit workers, began negotiations for a new contract in July 2011.