Grade crossing safety: The “Waze” of the future – Railway Age

The grade crossing at Valhalla, N.Y., where on Feb. 3, 2015, an MTA Metro-North Railroad train struck an SUV that had stopped on the tracks in heavy traffic, killing the driver and five people in the first car of the train. The NTSB determined that driver error caused the accident. Photo courtesy the Associated Press.

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NYMTA) is partnering with Waze, a popular smart phone and tablet computer navigation app, to improve safety at Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad highway/rail grade crossings.

On the 10th International Level Crossing Awareness Day, June 7, Waze integrated a railroad crossing warning feature to alert users at a set of ten pilot locations across Long Island. This is the first feature of its kind to debut on the app and is tied to LIRR’s ongoing collaboration with Waze as part of the Connected Citizens Program, a free, two-way data share of publicly available traffic information. Grade crossing safety: The “Waze” of the future – Railway Age


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