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 MTA using phone app to alert drivers of railroad crossing safety issues

NEW YORK – The New York MTA is partnering with Waze to improve safety at railroad crossings on the Metro-North Railroad lines.

Using the Waze app, motorists will be alerted that they are approaching a grade crossing.

In 2017, there were 26 incidents reported of vehicles on tracks. This year through May 29, there were seven. In 2017, Metro-North recorded two grade crossing accidents. Through May 29 this year, two grade crossing accidents were recorded.

“Metro-North’s plans to partner with Waze is one component of the railroad’s ongoing effort to enhance safety,” said railroad President Catherine Rinaldi. “In addition to finding new ways to employ state-of-the-art safety technology, events like International Level Crossing Awareness Day (Thursday) give us a personal, boots-on-the-ground approach to educating our customers about sail safety.” She said TRACKS, a free community outreach rail safety education program for students, pedestrians, drivers and train riders throughout Metro-North, has reached more than 191,000 people since 2016.

“Safety is a core value at the MTA and its commuter railroads, for our customers and our employees – as well as for those in the communities we serve,” said MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota.

The Waze system is also being employed on the Long Island Rail Road system.


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