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Danger Ahead: Sleep Loss, Safety, and You

| February 13, 2018

Sleep loss leading to human fatigue is a serious issue affecting the safety of the traveling public in all modes of transportation. Simply defined, sleep loss is an inability to receive a proper amount and quality of sleep on a regular basis.

Dozens of NJ Transit engineers diagnosed with sleep apnea

Security and Safety | November 9, 2017

In response to a deadly September 2016 train crash, the agency updated its screening process for sleeping disorders.

Rail| September 25, 2017

NJ Transit continues to implement rail safety upgrades

Rail Operations is currently in the process of replacing all stub end tracks at Hoboken Terminal with new sliding friction bumper blocks, as well as advancing a speed control system for trains entering Hoboken Terminal.

Security and Safety | September 21, 2017

NTSB targets sleep apnea in both NJ Transit, LIRR train crashes

Similarities were immediately drawn between the crashes, but after months of investigating, the NTSB now believes sleep apnea was involved in both.

June 29, 2017

Addressing sleep apnea in public transit operations

Sleep apnea is a common disorder affecting nearly 12% of the U.S. population, in which airway blockages cause shortened breaths or pauses in breathing while one sleeps.

Management & Operations| January 23, 2017

N.Y. MTA expands sleep apnea program systemwide

Employees who are deemed at risk based upon the screening will be referred for further testing and potential diagnosis and treatment.

Rail| January 9, 2017

LIRR crash investigation focused on engineer's text, sleep patterns

Investigators added that experts in analyzing tracks, signals, mechanics and human performance, and other specialists were examining as many factors as possible that may have led to the crash.

Security and Safety | December 19, 2016

New NJ Transit fatigue assessment program temporarily removes 11 workers

The effort by the transit agency comes on the heels of September’s accident, which killed one person standing on a platform and injured more than 100 others. It was later revealed the engineer in that crash suffered from sleep apnea, a fatigue-inducing disorder.

Rail| November 22, 2016

In wake of NJ TRANSIT crash, feds target sleep apnea

The agency disclosed a policy change that will prevent engineers suffering from sleep apnea to operate a train unless they are being treated, while federal regulators prepare a safety bulletin that will urge all railroads to screen for sleep apnea.

May 11, 2016

How to Improve Sleep Quality for Safe Bus Operation

Statistics show that for many people, sleep can be a matter of life or death. This may sound overly dramatic, but let’s consider that in 2005 the NHTSA conservatively estimated that drowsy driving was responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities annually.¹ More recently, the NHSTA estimated at least 846 people died in 2014 due to the effects of drowsy driving.

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