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About NJ OL

New Jersey Operation Lifesaver (NJOL) is a not-for-profit (501c3) public safety education and awareness organizationestablished in 1978 dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. NJOL promotes rail safety through public awareness campaigns and education initiatives, including providing safety presentations by authorized volunteers. We speak to schools, driver education classes, community audiences, professional drivers, law enforcement officers, emergency responders, and others. Our program is co-sponsored by America's railroads, state and local government agencies, highway safety organizations, and other entities. We promote the Three E's - Education, Enforcement and Engineering - of Railroad Safety to keep people safe near the raliroad tracks and at the crossings in our communities.

Why Operation Lifesaver is Needed!

Each year more than fifty people in New Jersey are killed or injured at highway-rail crossings and at other locations along railroad tracks.
Many people are unaware that trains cannot stop quickly to avoid collisions. They take chances by ignoring warning signs, disregarding signals, going around lowered gates, stopping on the track, or simply failing to pay attention when approaching highway-rail crossings. People also make the potentially fatal mistake of using railroad tracks as shortcuts or as places to walk or run for recreation. They may not realize that walking on train tracks is dangerous, or understand how quickly and quietly a train can approach. Our safety tips can save your life – or the life of someone you love.

Become an Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer

NJOL is always looking for high-energy volunteers to help us spread our important message. Our volunteers are everywhere—schools, training programs, law enforcement events and safety fairs—with the common purpose of keeping our citizens safe. You can begin the process today by clicking here

NJ OL Events


  • June 11, 2019 NJOL Meeting, Board of Directors 9:00am; General Session 10:00am, Monmouth Jct Firehouse

To Be Determined

Rail Safety Week 2019

  • September 22-28, 2019.

Railroad Open Houses

  • Sept, 2019 URHS Railroad Museum For A Day Boonton NJ

Model Railroad Displays/Open Houses


  • April 16,17, 18, 2019 NJ Transaction, Tropicana Hotel and Conference Center, Atlantic City, NJ NJ Transaction

Special Trains

NJ OL Safety Partners

NJ OL is sponsored by:

  • New Jersey Transit NJTransit
  • New Jersey Department of Transportation NJ DoT
  • Consolidated Rail Corporation Conrail
  • CSX Transportation CSX
  • Norfolk Southern Railway NSCorp
  • New Jersey Shortline Railroad Association and its Member Railroads NJSLRA
  • New York Susquehanna and Western Railway NYS&W
  • Federal Railroad Administration FRA FRA Safety Data
  • Amtrak Amtrak
  • Monmouth Junction Volunteer Fire Department MJVFD

Additional Safety Partners:

NJ OL Statistics

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Preliminary New Jersey Rail Crossing and Trespass Statistics, 2016 vs. 2015
Source: FRA Office of Safety Analysis


Contact Us

Todd Hirt NJ State Coordinator

(609) 530-4944 (office)

1035 Parkway Avenue
Trenton , NJ    08625

Michael Allen



  • President: Ms Barbara Lazzaro
  • Secretary: Mr. Gary Kamborian
  • Treasurer: Mr. Gary Kamborian

Board of Directors:

Permanent Railroad Directors:

  • Conrail Mr. Steven Hart
  • CSX Mr. Gary Kamborian
  • NS Mr Thomas Jedic
  • NYS&W Ms Melanie Boyer
  • NJSLRA Mr Michael E. Allen

Government Agency Directors:

  • NJTransit Ms Barbara Lazzaro
  • NJ DoT Mr. Gregory Spiritosanto
  • FRA Insp August Greiner

Directors at Large:

  • Fred W. Girshick, PhD
  • Mr. Robert Cubberly
  • Mr. J. Eric Kraehenbuehl

Directors Emeriti

  • Mr. Harry Barnes Amtrak
  • Mr. Albert Hoffman NJT
  • Mr. Thomas Noon FRA
  • Mr. Robert Rohauer CSX

Mr. Neil P. Ferrone 1956-2019