As train deaths become more common, transit agencies seek solutions

    What do you do if you’re a transit agency or a train operator and people keep jumping onto the tracks?

    That’s what NJ Transit, SEPTA and Amtrak are trying to determine as train deaths along the Northeast Corridor become more commonplace.

    Five people have taken their lives in the last two years at NJ Transit’s Hamilton station, according to statistics cited in the Inquirer.

    In that same time period, 91 people were killed by SEPTA and NJ Transit Transit trains, and that doesn’t include train crashes with vehicles.


    Whether it’s for suicide or trespassing, the reality is that people are on the tracks.

    Some transit lines now boast suicide prevention ads, others send speakers to schools to discuss rail safety. But short of erecting barriers around rail lines, is there a way to stop train deaths?

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