October 06, 2016 The NJ Transit issued an immediate mandate on Wednesday in the wake of last week’s commuter train crash that killed a woman and injured over one hundred others in Hoboken, New Jersey.
No trains have run to or from Hoboken Terminal since the crash, and New Jersey Transit has not said when it will reopen. Under the new rule, effective immediately — a second crew member must stand watch as the engineer pulls a train into the busy Hoboken and Atlantic City terminals.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Wednesday that investigators have not yet determined the cause of crash. NTSB investigators are examining data and video from recorders retrieved from the train’s driving cab. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that an unnamed source close to the investigation estimated the train was traveling two to three times the 10 mph speed limit when it slammed into the New Jersey rail terminal. The estimate was based on the extent of damage, not on data from the train’s instruments.
The commuter train overran the end of the track and crashed into the wall in the station, causing structural damage to the historic Hoboken Terminal. The New Jersey Transit Pascack Valley line, train number 1614 was not equipped with positive train control, a technology designed to slow speeding trains.
U.S. railroads are under government orders to install the system called positive train control, but the work has gone more slowly than expected. The deadline has been repeatedly extended and is now Dec. 31, 2018.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."