NJ Transit hiring consultant to address safety concerns

New Jersey Transit is hiring a former Metro-North president to help it meet federal rail safety requirements.



The agency will pay Peter Cannito $350 per hour to review Federal Railroad Administration violations uncovered in an audit and help with a positive train control system.



An Associated Press analysis after last month's deadly Hoboken train crash found NJ Transit had more accidents than any other commuter railroad in the country in the past five years.



A state transportation official said NJ Transit has gotten more scrutiny because it counts all incidents and not just those required to be reported by federal guidelines.



NJ Transit will also hire a compliance officer.



The transit agency's board also voted to lease the final radio frequency it needs to install the positive train control system by a 2018 deadline.


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