NJ Transit installs a new sign

2/26/2009:

Darwin’s Law interrupted

Recently, NJ Transit installed what they call a “dynamic sign” above the light rail crossing at Paterson Plank Road downtown. This sign, in addition to the red stop lights – say “TRAIN COMING” – to give further incentive for dopey drivers to stop.

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In a press release sent out today, 4th Ward Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer thanked NJ Transit for the installation. Zimmer said she called NJT after several accidents had taken place there (Hoboken411 has brought them to the public’s attention for years here, here, here and other idiotic light rail debacles here).

Zimmer said, “These improvements are a step forward in making Hoboken a safer place to walk, bike and drive.” I think she forgot to add “and ride the light rail,” because these accidents only really effect the morons that crash into the trains (and probably deserve it), and maybe some passengers that might bump into one another if the train screeches to a halt.

She also mentioned the Downtown Traffic Study Project that students at Stevens Institute are working on, as well as the nuisance 15 minute traffic light that Hoboken411 and a reader brought to the city’s attention back in September of 2008. I’m not sure about you, but FIVE MONTHS to fix one single traffic light is just a sign of government bloat, no?

Other improvements mentioned by Zimmer were more effective lighting near the crime-riddled 2nd Street Light Rail station, and parking bollards at dangerous intersections in the 4th Ward (both already mentioned many times on Hoboken411 since 2006). At the very least, it’s nice something is done about these “super-critical” issues Hoboken has – regardless of how long it takes.

Morning Project: Fun With Signs!

Let’s have some fun with this “revolutionary” TRAIN COMING sign. I personally feel it’s too politically correct. If a red light isn’t enough to stop bone-heads, a polite “train coming” sign probably won’t help.

I suggest something a bit more harsh, such as “STOP OR DIE,” or “KEEP DRIVING AND YOUR SPINNING RIMS WILL GET BUSTED UP,” or “EL TREN GRANDE ROMPERÁ SU COCHE.”

And what was the reason they didn’t put simple gates up?

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14 Comments on "NJ Transit installs a new sign"


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kellyjoy
6 years 6 months ago

[quote comment=”139004″][quote comment=”138993″][quote comment=”138989″]If only people have the sense to actually know:
a- You cannot drive infront of the lightrail
b- You cannot walk infront of the lightrail

Then everyone should be fine. A little common sense goes a long way[/quote]

You’d be amazed at some of the stupidity I’ve seen where the light rail crosses the road near the BJ’s in Jersey City. Utterly amazed. :|[/quote]
I’m working for a client in Newport NJ nowadays and use the lightrail, yesterday morning I got off the literail and was walking through the mini pedestrian tunnel, the northbound lightrail was coming, and there was this guy who let his three or four year old kid just wander around, the kid was running TOWARDS the train and Mr parent was casually walking behind him, I started walking back to grab the kid and only then the father noticed what’s going on and he called his kid and held his hand. I was SHOCKED, completely SHOCKED, to see this! That kid would have died on impact.[/quote]

Same deal in Newark where the Light Rail crosses Broad Street and Lackawanna. Most people just dart out into the intersection without looking, regardless of whether or not they have the walk signal. And then there’s the ocassional car that tries to make an illegal right on the red onto Lackawanna as the Light Rail is coming. I’ve worked in this area for 2 years, and I’d venture to say that I see at least 2 or 3 idiot pedestrians a week.

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Wildflower
6 years 6 months ago

Curious…

“KEEP DRIVING AND YOUR SPINNING RIMS WILL GET BUSTED UP”

What does having spinning rims on your car have to do with the driver not being able to see an oncoming light rail train car ?

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ItalianGuy
6 years 6 months ago

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3. Tiger | February 26th, 2009 at 9:07 am Quote

ItalianGuy, nowhere in the world do lightrails have track arms, they are not trains, they are lightrails. If only people have the sense to actually know:
a- You cannot drive infront of the lightrail
b- You cannot walk infront of the lightrail

Then everyone should be fine. A little common sense goes a long way
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Hey Tiger you would think!! Read a response Tiger you have just been told clearly by a city personnel that you could put the “arms” in – SNAP!!! I have seen mothers with strollers dodge the rigs blocking the street and cross walk one slip of the hull and its over. The city has bigger fish to fry with the recycling plant. I couldn’t even get into my building because they rigs had it blocked and the response I got from a driver “Why did they even built those anyways its not our problem” The town needs to get the recycling plant to have more control of what goes on with the craziness in the entrance and the “truckers” “rude bastards” – Oh well for everyone involved. :roll:

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Tiger
6 years 6 months ago

[quote comment=”139039″][quote comment=”139004″][quote comment=”138993″][quote comment=”138989″]If only people have the sense to actually know:
a- You cannot drive infront of the lightrail
b- You cannot walk infront of the lightrail

Then everyone should be fine. A little common sense goes a long way[/quote]

You’d be amazed at some of the stupidity I’ve seen where the light rail crosses the road near the BJ’s in Jersey City. Utterly amazed. :|[/quote]
I’m working for a client in Newport NJ nowadays and use the lightrail, yesterday morning I got off the literail and was walking through the mini pedestrian tunnel, the northbound lightrail was coming, and there was this guy who let his three or four year old kid just wander around, the kid was running TOWARDS the train and Mr parent was casually walking behind him, I started walking back to grab the kid and only then the father noticed what’s going on and he called his kid and held his hand. I was SHOCKED, completely SHOCKED, to see this! That kid would have died on impact.[/quote]

Someone already died at that crossing about 5 years ago (I think he was listening to his ipod). That’s why the trains now have to come to a full stop at the tunnel before they proceed to the station.[/quote]
That’s true homeworld, I crossed right infront of the train after it stopped and got into the tunnel, the kid was running toward the train from the tunnel right just as it was about to move, I doubt the driver would have seen a 3ft child. And yes, Mr father was fiddling with his phone. Remembering it honestly bothers me.

And then they blame the driver.

Member
6 years 6 months ago

[quote comment=”139004″][quote comment=”138993″][quote comment=”138989″]If only people have the sense to actually know:
a- You cannot drive infront of the lightrail
b- You cannot walk infront of the lightrail

Then everyone should be fine. A little common sense goes a long way[/quote]

You’d be amazed at some of the stupidity I’ve seen where the light rail crosses the road near the BJ’s in Jersey City. Utterly amazed. :|[/quote]
I’m working for a client in Newport NJ nowadays and use the lightrail, yesterday morning I got off the literail and was walking through the mini pedestrian tunnel, the northbound lightrail was coming, and there was this guy who let his three or four year old kid just wander around, the kid was running TOWARDS the train and Mr parent was casually walking behind him, I started walking back to grab the kid and only then the father noticed what’s going on and he called his kid and held his hand. I was SHOCKED, completely SHOCKED, to see this! That kid would have died on impact.[/quote]

Someone already died at that crossing about 5 years ago (I think he was listening to his ipod). That’s why the trains now have to come to a full stop at the tunnel before they proceed to the station.