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Derailed: 51% Want Transportation Secretary Buttigieg to Resign

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Washington DC,, in the wake of the Ohio train derailment disaster, a majority of voters believe Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg should resign.

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US auto-safety regulators have a message for Tesla owners, Don’t Use Your Children to Test Automated-driving Technology

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Ridgewood NJ, the NTSB warns , kids don’t try this at home.  US auto-safety regulators have a message for Tesla  owners intending to use their children to test automated-driving technology: Don’t.

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NTSB: Preliminary Report on Investigation of Hoboken Train Accident Released

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Ridgewood NJ,  The National Transportation Safety Board released Thursday its preliminary report on the investigation of the Sept. 29, 2016, accident involving New Jersey Transit train 1614 at the Hoboken Terminal, Hoboken, New Jersey.

One person died and 110 more were injured when the 400-foot long train, which consisted of a controlling passenger car (cab car), three passenger cars and one locomotive at the rear, failed to stop, overrode a bumping post, and struck a wall of the terminal.

The preliminary report details factual information gained to date in the investigation.  It does not contain analysis and does not state probable cause.  The information contained within the preliminary report is subject to change as data is validated.

The NTSB investigator-in-charge formed the following technical groups to gather information and evidence for the investigation:

Human Performance
Survival Factors
Signal Systems
Track and Engineering
Event/Video Data Recorders

Both the engineer and conductor were interviewed by NTSB investigators.  The emergency response to the accident is being reviewed by investigators as are records for operations, signal systems, mechanical equipment and track and engineering.  Investigators inspected the track structure, signal system and mechanical equipment involved in the accident.

Investigators tested the signal and train control system; the accident route was duplicated with signal alignment and functioned as designed.  The signal system was restored to service with the exception of the damaged signal at the end of track 5, the track upon which the accident happened.

NTSB investigators found the cab car’s electrical communication network – necessary for brake, signal, and propulsion control – was destroyed in the accident.  Conversely, accident damage to the cab car’s air brake system was minor and was repaired for testing.  The train brakes functioned as designed during a friction brake test using the rear locomotive to apply the brakes.

Parties to the investigation include the Federal Railroad Administration, New Jersey Transit, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers – Transportation Division and Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen.

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NTSB Reports Video and Event Recorders Recovered from Hoboken Train Crash

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Hoboken Commuter Train Event, Video Recorders Provide Investigators Usable Data

October 7,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, The National Transportation Safety Board released Thursday details downloaded from the event data and forward-facing video recorders on a NJ Transit commuter train involved in the Sept. 29, 2016, accident at the Hoboken Terminal, Hoboken, New Jersey.

The following information, gathered from both recorders, is preliminary and subject to change as data is validated.
·         Information from the forward-facing video and event data recorders was successfully recovered Thursday at the NTSB’s recorder laboratory here. Both recorders appear to have been working as designed, and captured the engineer’s entire trip that morning, including the accident sequence. The forward-facing, color video from the cab car of train 1614 is of good quality and includes audio from an exterior microphone. Information obtained from the recorders includes:
·         The forward facing video showed the cab car colliding with and overriding the bumping post at the end of the track #5 platform at the Hoboken Terminal. A large flash was observed as the car collided with the panel just beyond the bumping post.
·         The forward facing video recorder captured the sound of one blast of the train’s horn about one minute before the collision, while the train was in the yard leading to the terminal. The train’s bell began sounding shortly afterward and continued until the end of the recording.
·         The event recorder indicates throttle increased from idle to the #4 position while the train was traveling about 8 mph, approximately 38 seconds before the collision. Train speed began to increase and reached a maximum of about 21 mph.
·         According to the event recorder data the throttle position went from #4 to idle just prior to the collision, and then engineer-induced emergency braking occurred less than a second before the collision with the bumping post.
·         The event recorder shows train speed was about 21 mph when it collided with the bumping post. Event recorder speeds during the final seconds are consistent with train speed estimates obtained from the NTSB’s preliminary analysis of images from the forward facing video camera.
A group of technical experts from the NTSB and the parties to the investigation is scheduled convene at NTSB headquarters, Washington, Oct. 11, to continue to verify and validate the data recovered from both cab car recorders.
No analysis is provided in the facts released from the event and video recorder data extractions. The NTSB has not determined probable cause and cautions against drawing conclusions from these facts alone. Analysis of the findings from these recorders and from other facts gathered during our comprehensive investigation will take place after the factual record is complete.
The investigation remains in the fact-gathering phase, which could take a year or more.
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Hoboken Terminal for both Customers and the News Media Still Remains Restricted

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October 4,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Public access to Hoboken Terminal for both customers and the news media remains restricted at this time due to safety concerns.

 This restriction also includes a bar for all media outlets from filming or conducting interviews on the walkway to the Ferry Terminal, PATH, and Light Rail Station known as “Brick Alley” which can cause a safety hazard by restricting the movements of those using the pathway.

This is a narrow passageway intended for customer use and remains the only public egress point to access these facilities. As such there cannot be bottlenecks caused by interviews and filming for any reason. In addition, this is an active construction zone and pausing to film inside the open view to the station is a safety issue and an ongoing distraction to those performing dangerous work.

 *** Reporters can access customers near the base of the Sloan Statue directly behind the Hoboken Land Building at the east side of Newark Street. Hand held cameras only – NO TRIPODS because of the limited space.***

Access to the Terminal and its environs will be granted to the media at such time as it is safe to do so. Failure to follow these restrictions will result in the immediate removal of the offending news personnel from the property.

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NTSB Investigative Update, Hoboken Train Crash

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October 3,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, The National Transportation Safety Board issued an investigative update Saturday October 1st about its investigation of Thursday’s crash of NJ Transit Pascack Valley Line train #1614 into the platform of the Hoboken Terminal.

Updated information includes the following:

Investigators interviewed the accident train engineer. No interview summaries will be provided until interviews are completed.

Environmental and structural issues still prevent removal of the train from the station. Extensive debris removal must be completed before investigators can access the train and then have the train removed.
With the assistance of NJ Transit, investigators obtained video from other trains that were at the Hoboken Terminal, to see what those cameras captured from the accident event. The event recorder and camera from the controlling cab of the accident train remain inaccessible to investigators.
The event recorder from the trailing locomotive #4214 has arrived at the recorder manufacturer’s facility in Kentucky and NTSB personnel are supervising the attempted download.
There were no signal anomalies found on the tracks leading to the terminal. A full signal study cannot yet be completed because the accident train remains in the terminal.
Investigators completed the walking inspection of the track and found nothing that would have affected the performance of the train.
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NJ TRANSIT Service Plan for Weekend Commute – Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 2016


October 1,2016

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Ridgewod NJ, NJ TRANSIT has announced service plans for the weekend of October 1st and October 2nd, 2016 following the commuter train accident at Hoboken Terminal.  All rail service into and out of Hoboken Terminal remains suspended.  Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service has been restored into and out of Hoboken and will continue to operate.

Cross honoring with PATH, ferries, NJ TRANSIT bus and private carriers will continue throughout the weekend.


View temporary printable schedules for the Main Line, Montclair-Boonton and Pascack Valley Line HERE.

  • Normal weekend service will operate on the Main Bergen and Pascack Valley Lines with trains not operating into and out of Hoboken Terminal. Trains will originate/terminate in Secaucus.
  • Normal weekend service will operate on the Montclair Boonton Line with trains not operating into and out of Hoboken Terminal. Trains will originate/terminate at Newark Broad Street.
  • Meadowlands Train Service will operate between Secaucus and Meadowlands stations only on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Customers in New York City who need to access Secaucus are urged to take trains from New York Penn Station or use the Port Authority Bus Terminal for NJ TRANSIT and private carrier busing alternatives.
  • Customers in Hoboken and Jersey City who need to access Secaucus are urged to use Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to Liberty State Park, where shuttle buses will depart approximately every 30 minutes and take them to Secaucus.

Customers may experience overcrowding and possible delays caused by congestion.

Metro North Service for Pascack Valley Line and Port Jervis Customers

For schedule information, click HERE.


  • Extra service on the 126 line between Hoboken and Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York.
  • Shuttle buses will operate every 30 minutes between Liberty State Park light rail station in Jersey City and Secaucus Junction.

Light Rail

  • All Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service has been restored into and out of Hoboken and will continue to operate on a normal weekend schedule.

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July 18th Marks 20th Anniversary of TWA Flight 800 Crash

July 18th Marks 20th Anniversary of TWA Flight 800 Crash

July 20,2016
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Teaneck NJ, Was TWA Flight 800’s fiery crash part of a massive cover-up?, on the 20th anniversary of the crash . According to Arthur Jack Cashill ( TWA 800: The Crash, The Cover Up, The Conspiracy) the answer is a definitive yes .

TWA Flight 800 crashed into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from JFK airport on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 passengers on board. Although initial reports suggested a terrorist attack, FBI and NTSB investigators blamed a fuel tank explosion. But skeptics have long questioned the official story, and new evidence has surfaced that suggests a widespread conspiracy.

In TWA 800, historian Jack Cashill introduces new documents and testimonies that reveal the shocking true chain of events: from the disastrous crash to the high-level decision to create a cover story and the attempts to silence anyone who dared speak the truth.

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Cashill maintains that the plane was brought down by external forces and that the government has engaged in a decades-long cover-up.

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According to Michele Talamo who hosted a book signing for Jack Cashill at the Teaneck American Legion for the NJ Tea Party Coalition, “Jack Cashill is by all accounts a JERSEY guy. Jack was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, graduated from Regis High School in New York City and Siena College in Loudonville, New York. He received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University.

Jack has written for Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard,, and regularly for WorldNetDaily. He is Executive Editor for Ingram’s Magazine.
Jack has written eleven books of non-fiction — First Strike, Ron Brown’s Body, Hoodwinked, Sucker Punch, What’s the Matter with California, and Deconstructing Obama. His books have cracked Amazon’s top ten list. Jack has produced a score of documentaries for regional PBS and national cable channels, including the Emmy Award-winning, The Royal Years.

Jack has taught media and literature at Purdue and at Kansas City area universities, and served as a Fulbright professor in France.

One could say Jack is a detective by the way with hard work and true perseverance he gathers the facts and details them for us, “We the People”, and for this we are fortunate.
Jack’s most recent book is TWA 800: The Crash, The Cover Up, The Conspiracy”