Bill barring train engineers with revoked licenses advances in N.J.

A New Jersey legislative panel has advanced a measure that would prevent engineers from operating trains if their driver’s licenses are revoked or suspended for drunken driving violations.

The Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee approved the bill Monday. It now heads to the full Assembly for its consideration, though it’s not yet known when that will happen.

The state Senate passed an identical bill two weeks ago.

The measure is a response to a WABC-TV investigation that found New Jersey Transit engineer Thomas Broschart had been operating commuter trains despite losing his license to drive a car for 10 years for repeated drunken driving.

The agency said Broschart is no longer driving locomotives but is still employed by NJ Transit’s rail operations.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.