The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) has served as an integral part of daily life for many Long Islanders. Passengers often opt to travel via the railroad over traveling via the roads because of traffic conditions, ease of travel, and the cost of commuting by car. However, growing ridership can lead to more injuries and other safety concerns.… Read the rest
Train accidents have taken the lives of many, whether by a train derailing or at a railroad crossing. In 2015, there were 11,762 train accidents in the United States. These accidents caused approximately 9,013 injuries and 752 fatalities. The Federal Railroad Administration indicated that 96 percent of injuries and deaths are related to train accidents that occur at railroad crossings and by trespassing. Furthermore, railroad crossing accidents are the second leading cause of rail-related fatalities in the United States.
Long Island Rail Road officials said they did not set aside enough space to fit federally mandated positive train control (“PTC”) equipment into the railroad’s next generation of trains. The railroad’s specifications for designated 8 cubic feet per car for PTC, but the hardware requires 17 cubic feet per car. Rather than PTC equipment being seamlessly integrated into their design, 256 new M9 trains will have to be retrofitted, an error that could increase costs and delay the arrival of the new M9 electric trains, set to roll out in 2018.
The LIRR’s explanation for the failure to have enough
The dead man’s switch is a handle the subway operator must keep depressed while the train is in motion. If the train operator lets go, the train will stop immediately as if an emergency brake was pulled. Every subway train comes equipped with a dead man’s switch.
Last week, a motorman of a G train in Long Island City was pulling out of the Court Square station when it suddenly stopped. The conductor walked to the cab and found the motorman unconscious, having suffered a fatal heart attack while the train was in motion. Because the train automatically stopped there … Read the rest
There have been three accidents thus far in 2008 at Jamaica Station, the Long Island Rail Road’s busiest station. Two of the train accidents have occurred within the last week, including one on November 23, 2008 that is being considered the worst accident in 15 years.
In that accident, an eastbound train entering Jamaica Station derailed as the eighth car passed over a switch. Three rear cars derailed, one jackknifing over three separate tracks. This accident damaged 4 of the 8 tracks at Jamaica Station. The week before, on November 19, 2 westbound trains bumped each other as they pulled … Read the rest