NJ TRANSIT refutes report that its trains break speed regulations

Posted on May 20, 2015

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Stating that speed restrictions on the Northeast Corridor Line were misrepresented, NJ TRANSIT took issue with a report by CBS 2 News that its trains travel faster than track speed limits, NJ Advance Media reported.

In the wake of the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia last week, CBS went to Secaucus Junction, a major rail hub, and the South Orange station armed with a speedometer app and a radar gun to clock trains as they passed through the stations, with a couple of trains traveling in excess of the 60 mph recommended for trains passing through stations.

In a statement, NJ TRANSIT officials said the maximum authorized speed in South Orange is 70 mph, higher than the speed measured by CBS. They also added that "special speed instructions were not required" in the approach to Secaucus, and that the maximum speed on a curve near that station is 75 mph, adding that the maximum speed limit near the same station is 90 mph. For the full story, click here.

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