National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month, established in 1996 by the National Safety Council. The goal of Safety Month is to increase public awareness of safety and health risks, and to reduce the number of injuries and deaths at home or in the workplace.

For NJ TRANSIT, this includes implementing and promoting safety measures on and around our system for customers, employees, pedestrians and motorists.

“Safety is our core value, but it’s also one of the key things our customers should focus on when they ride our system or traverse our stations,” said Chief Safety Officer Brian Lapp. “Providing a high level of safety to our customers allows them to be comfortable, enjoy their ride and keep coming back to us. We continuously look for opportunities to improve the overall level of safety through various programs, procedures and technologies.”

That includes providing a high level of safety training for our employees, and displaying safety messaging on our equipment and at stations. In December 2020, we also achieved a major safety milestone by completing installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) to provide an added level of safety on our rail system.

We have a robust safety education program that offers educational opportunities in schools and at community events. The New Jersey Transit Police also provide an added level of safety and security, and have developed strong working relationships with the communities we serve.

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, NJ TRANSIT has redoubled its efforts to clean and sanitize our fleet and facilities, installed plexiglass partitions throughout our network, prioritized vaccination of frontline employees, upgraded and frequently replaced HVAC system filters, and added cleaning shifts to sanitize frequent customer touch points. We have also been testing new touchless and cleaning technologies.

This year’s National Safety Month theme is “Safety is Heroic,” which is dedicated to the men and women of NJ TRANSIT who have been serving on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing a critical service for many of you, including other essential workers.

We do want to ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable. Toward that end, here are some helpful tips for your journey around our system.

Bus

  • Do not distract the bus operator when the bus is in motion.
  • Wait for your bus to come to a complete stop before safely boarding or exiting the bus.
  • Never run after a bus! You could slip, fall or be struck by the bus or another vehicle.

Rail/Light Rail

  • Stand behind the safety line on the edge of train platforms and watch the gap between the train and platform while boarding and exiting your train.
  • Always follow signs and markings that let you know where it’s safe to cross the tracks.
  • Never go under or around vehicular or pedestrian crossing gates when they are down, while walking, on a bike or in a vehicle.

Access Link

  • Make sure your mobility device is safely secured in your vehicle and remain seated with the seat belt on at all times during your trip.
  • Don’t wait for an Access Link vehicle in or near the street; stay safe on the sidewalk.
  • Don’t travel if you are feeling sick, and don’t travel with a Personal  Care Attendant (PCA) or companion if they are feeling sick.

Motorists

  • Never stop on railroad tracks.
  • Never pass a bus on the right unless you are traveling in a designated lane.
  • Watch for merging buses as they depart a bus stop.

Pedestrians

  • Look both ways before crossing tracks and only cross at designated crossings.
  • Do not use train tracks as a shortcut!
  • Use caution around trains and buses when using headsets or cell phones.

COVID-19 Reminders

  • Continue to wear a face mask properly at all times while on our buses, trains, and light rail or Access Link vehicles, inside our stations, and on platforms where distancing is not practicable (this federal directive remains in effect until at least September 13th).
  • Wash your hands often using soap or a hand sanitizer if there is no soap.
  • If you are sick, please stay home and take care of yourself. Call your doctor or clinic and report your symptoms to a medical professional.

For more information about safety around our system, visit our safety page.

Stop by and say hello to our NJ TRANSIT Office of System Safety team, who will be visiting the following five locations during National Safety Month to share more safety tips and giveaways with you (all locations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

  • June 15-Penn Station New York
  • June 22-Newark Penn Station
  • June 23-Port Authority Bus Terminal
  • June 24-Secaucus Junction
  • June 29-Hoboken Terminal

Now, meet some of our safety heroes (and yours, below) who have worked through the pandemic, and don’t forget to thank them when you see them around our system.