LIRR, NJ TRANSIT temporarily shutdown after separate incidents

In the first incident, a man was hit by a NJ TRANSIT train near the Garfield station with 100 passengers onboard, although there were no injuries. Later in the afternoon, the Port Washington Branch on the LIRR was completely suspended in both directions after an unauthorized person was hit by a train at Flushing-Main Street in Queens.

Rail workers involved in accidents face PTSD, depression

The National Center for Intermodal Transportation surveyed 363 commuter railroad operating employees for a 2011 report and found that 43.6% of them had been involved in at least one critical incident — accidents, near misses, collisions, personal injuries or contact with people or equipment on the tracks. Of those employees, 12.1% reported symptoms consistent with PTSD after the incidents.

Minn. Metro Transit police breaking language barrier

Twenty Metro Transit Police Department officers are taking part in the agency’s first-ever in-house Spanish-language training program, to help officers build rapport with Hispanics and better serve the people they interact with

Bombardier joins Chinese joint venture

The new company will focus on rail transportation communication, signaling and integrated monitoring systems for the Chinese mass transit and light rail markets and be committed to introducing moving-block signaling technology for metro applications.

Most identifiable bacteria on N.Y. subway are harmless, researchers say

The most commonly found organism (46.9%) was bacteria. Despite some riders' fears of catching cold or flu from fellow straphangers, viruses were rare — they made up .032% of the samples. However, some seasonal viruses are RNA viruses, not DNA viruses, and they would not be identified with the collection methods used in the study.

NJ TRANSIT to develop warning system to prevent trains from being flooded

The proposed system would use water levels from monitoring stations and atmospheric forecasts to provide information for NJ TRANSIT officials to take action such as moving equipment prior to flooding. NJ TRANSIT officials said the work will be done in three phases, including development and testing, over a three-year time period.

Metro-North 'third rail' is a focus of crash inquiry

Four hundred feet of electrified third rail snapped into 12 pieces and speared the commuter train during a fiery collision with an SUV that was stopped on the tracks, killing six people.

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