High risk of train accidents on New York City Commuter Railroads
63% of all train accidents reported by the top 10 US Commuter Railroads in 2016 occurred in New York City suburbs. The New Jersey Transit logged 21 of them (35%), the Long Island Rail Road 10 (17%) and Metro-North 7 (11%). These numbers were released at the beginning of the month by the Federal Railroad Administration.
Most human caused train accidents logged by the 10 biggest US Commuter Railroads in 2016 also occurred on The 3 New York Commuter Railroads. Of a total of 33 train accidents caused by human error, 67% occurred in New York suburbs, with 40% of them occurring on the New Jersey Transit.
The New Jersey Transit (NJT) which reported 21 train accidents last year represented alone 35% of all the accidents. The NJT, the third biggest transportation system in the US has been struggling with finance for years. Funds that were supposed to be invested in large development projects were used for day to day operations. As a result, commuters were charged higher fares for overcrowded trains that often suffer delays.