Rail safety is a priority for the
New Jersey Department of Transportation
(NJDOT), who administers a safety
inspection program for the transport
of hazardous materials by rail,
and a program for improvements to
public rail crossings. In addition,
NJDOT follows through on a number
of safety programs sponsored by the Federal
Placarded Rail Car Safety Inspection Program
NJDOT administers the Placarded Rail Car Safety Inspection Program through its Bureau of Freight Services to promote the safe transportation of
hazardous materials by rail. The program ensures that consignees, shippers, container manufacturers, freight yards, freight forwarders and freight
carriers are aware of and follow the federal Hazardous Materials Regulations.
For handling rail hazardous material emergencies, NJDOT’s Emergency Response Groups facilitate planning for emergency actions.
NJDOT’s Railroad Engineering and Safety Unit is responsible for all reviews and programs involving changes and improvements to all public rail
crossings in New Jersey that are designed in compliance with Federal Railroad Administration guidelines.
The Unit conducts a Diagnostic Team Review on
Note that these projects include bridges and tunnels.
- All changes to railroad at-grade crossings.
- All matters related to Quiet Zone crossing applications.
- Any Local Aid project within 1000 feet of an at-grade crossing on the approach roadway.
- Any project that is parallel to a railroad within 200 feet.