There has been an average of 11 deaths a year since 2001 due to pedestrians crossing the state’s more than 1,000 miles of commuter tracks and 2,400 miles of freight tracks each year.
In 2010 and 2011, there were actually 81 incidents involving NJ Transit train crossings or along tracks and 51 deaths. An investigation showed that of these, 30 were accidental and 23 occurred where the public is not permitted.
The state Department of Transportation has created a short-term action plan that is supposed to forestall more deaths. The plan includes better analysis of grade crossings and areas where there may be high-trespass locations and a push to prioritize them for better engineering and better signs to alert the public to high-risk areas.