You’re driving in town and come to a train crossing. The trains passes, the gates go up, but the red lights are still flashing. You may think it’s fine to cross. There are probably some cars behind you beeping you to go through, but unless the gates are up AND there are no flashing lights, it’s not safe to cross.
A resident recently shared a story on the Montclair Watercooler about a frightening experience at North Fullerton train crossing where gates came down and then went up moments later. Just as the driver began crossing, the gates came down again. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of issues at this crossing.
Baristanet reached out to NJ Transit to report the incident and to see if others have been doing the same.
Lisa Torbic of NJ Transit tells Baristanet there have been three recent customer concerns reported regarding the gates at the North Fullerton train crossing.
“The North Fullerton Avenue grade crossing is compliant with federal regulations, as are all NJ TRANSIT crossings, and is working as intended. Grade crossings are tested at least once a month. And while we have no reports of gates not working as intended, we will send a crew to inspect them when people report concerns,” assures Torbic.
She explained that because this gate crossing is in close proximity to two stations, the movement of the grade crossing gates may seem quick based upon the frequency of the trains in that area. “The movement of other rail equipment (not necessarily a regular train) and workers in the area can trigger the activation of the safety signal system. The system crossing mechanism is designed this way to ensure safety as equipment movement and rail personnel could be out of the line-of-sight for drivers.”
Torbic warns that if the red lights at a grade crossing are flashing and the gates are up, motorists should not cross the tracks as the lights are the true indicators as to when vehicles can cross the tracks.