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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.

Volunteer For Operation Lifesaver

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 contacting us or clicking here for an on-line application: Volunteer Application

NJ OL Events


Unless stated otherwise, organizational meetings and volunteer training sessions are held at the Monmouth Junction Volunteer Fire Department, 573 Ridge Rd, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Note: General Sessions have been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please contact a member of the Board of Directors with any concerns.

Next General Meeting: TBA

Board of Directors 9:00 am
General Session 10:00 am

New Volunteer Training NOT Scheduled

Contact Todd Hirt (Sidebar) for further information.
Volunteer Application


    Boonton NJ


  • NJ Transaction
    Tropicana Hotel and Conference Center, Atlantic City, NJ NJ Transaction


  • Operation Toy Train
  • ***Note - Operation Toy Train Toy train has suspended train operation for 2020. Please see there website ( below) for further
  • information. ***
    Operation Toy Train, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates a special annual collection train in northern New Jersey and southern New York during the first two weekends of December. Each year, the train collects over 25,000 donated toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation, which redistributes them to underprivileged children within the collection area. OpToyTrain


  • Delaware and Susquehanna Model Railroad Club
    535 Station Avenue, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 Facebook

  • Model Railroad Club Inc
    295 Jefferson Ave, Union, NJ 07083

    Jon Venckus and Evan at the OL booth at Model Railroad Club, Inc

  • Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters
    310 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807

NJ OL Safety Partners

NJOL is sponsored by:

  • Consolidated Rail Corporation CONRAIL
  • CSX Transportation CSX
  • Norfolk Southern Railway NSCorp
  • New York Susquehanna and Western Railway NYS&W
  • New Jersey Railroad Association and its Member Railroads NJRRA @_newjerseyrra
  • New Jersey Department of Transportation NJ DoT
  • New Jersey Transit NJTransit
  • Federal Railroad Administration FRA FRA Safety Data
  • The National Railroad Passenger Corporation - Amtrak
  • Monmouth Junction Volunteer Fire Department MJVFD
  • Railroad Construction Company, Inc RCC
  • KS Engineers P.C.KSE
  • Focused Technology Solutions FOCUSED
  • R L Banks and Associates, Inc RLBA

Additional Safety Partners:

NJ OL Statistics


Billboard outside Atlantic City Starbucks Coffee Shop
Trespass Dashboard
FRA Highway Rail Collisions 2009-2019
Preliminary New Jersey Rail Crossing and Trespass Statistics, 2018 vs. 2019

Cooperative Emergency Responder Training


  • Produced for NJOL by Special Agent Tom Jedic of the Norfolk Southern Police and Lisa Tackach of Railroad Construction Company, Inc., this Law Enforcement Guide is intended to assist New Jersey Law Enforcement personnel when investigating railroad-related crimes; answering calls for service or conducting motor vehicle investigationson railroad property.

NS HazMat Safety Train

Norfolk Southern put a dedicated safety train in service with a locomotive, 2 box car classrooms, 4 tank cars, and 2 specially equipped flat cars to provide hands-on training.
The training sessions include the following topics: Safety on Railroad Property; Rail Shipping Documents; Rail Equipment Identification; Rail Tank Cars; Locomotive Fires; Flammable Liquid Unit Trains; Incident Response Procedures; Working with Railroad Officials; and, the AskRail Mobile App.


TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) is a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities to prepare for and to respond to a possible hazardous material transportation incident. TRANSCAER® members consist of volunteer representatives from the chemical manufacturing, transportation, distributor, and emergency response industries, as well as the government.


Email Todd Hirt for a special gift

At a crossing near you soon!

Please look for our Sticker. Check back for details and clues. These Stickers have been placed on the following Railroad Locomotives: NYS&W, NYNJ Rail, Raritan Central, SRNJ, and Cape May Seashore Lines. The following railroad rolling stock & vehicles have the stickers: NYS&W, Conrail, NYNJ Rail, Raritan Central, NJ Transit, Cape May Seashore Lines.

The Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh Renews Critical Funding to Operation Lifesaver, Inc.

Washington, D.C. (February 6, 2019) – Millions of Americans will learn more about staying safe near trains from Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) thanks to a generous donation from the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh.
OLI is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to saving lives by empowering the public to make safer choices near tracks and trains.
The funds will support four projects.
OLI will work with outside experts to understand, and appropriately communicate, suicide prevention initiatives. The goal is to effectively communicate about the sensitive subject with the public, partners and the media. The nonprofit will leverage the Federal Railroad Administration’s Trespass and Suicide Dashboard to target locations throughout the United States and tailor prevention messages to those communities.
Henry Posner III, chairman of the Iowa Interstate Railroad and Railroad Development Corporation and a trustee of the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh, stated that the Posner Foundation was proud to support the work of OLI in both its traditional goals of reducing fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights-of-way, and the emerging field of suicide prevention.
The grant also funds the distribution of a public service announcement (PSA) about Emergency Notification System signs. The campaign will alert Americans to the existence of the newer, blue and white, signs posted at railroad crossings. They’re designed to help those experiencing emergencies at railroad crossings. The signs offer a phone number to call to reach railroad dispatchers, as well as location information, so approaching trains may be stopped. The PSA will be digitally distributed to news outlets throughout the country.
Other projects supported by the gift include additional resources for a competitive grant program that funds public education activities conducted by Operation Lifesaver State Programs and a new program to further support rail safety volunteer efforts throughout the United States.
“Our goal is to get to zero incidents at railroad crossings and along railroad tracks – zero fatalities and zero injuries. The driving force for this organization is saving lives and reducing preventable crossing, and trespass, incidents. This generous gift will make a tremendous impact on our ability to share our valuable safety messages,” says OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh.
Railroad Development Corp. has supported Operation Lifesaver over the years, ranging from Iowa Interstate employees’ service as community outreach volunteers, to Estonian Railways’ support of Operation Lifesaver Estonia.
“We invite you to get in touch with Operation Lifesaver State Coordinators to find out about the great initiatives happening in your state. Our website,, has information about your state program, as well as a range of rail safety education resources. You can also connect with us on the social networks,” says Maleh.
@OpLifesaverNJ #NJOL @_newjersyrra #njrra #StopLookListen #TheTrainWillWin

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Releases Suite of Engaging, Informative New Rail Safety Materials

WASHINGTON, DC, January 29, 2021 – Operation Lifesaver Inc., (OLI), the national rail safety non-profit, today unveils a free suite of engaging, colorful new informational materials to help keep people safe around railroad tracks and trains. The new materials encompass informational brochures, posters, flyers and safety quizzes with vital information for a variety of audiences to include drivers, pedestrians, photographers, outdoor enthusiasts, students, farmers and first responders as well as professional truck and bus drivers. Materials contain lifesaving information on railroad signs and signals and what to do in emergency situations along with actionable information geared to key audiences.

“Operation Lifesaver’s new collection of collateral materials, available free of charge in English and Spanish on our website, is designed to be eye-catching while providing lifesaving messages and reinforcing safe behaviors around railroad tracks and trains,” says OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh. “We urge everyone interested in rail safety to read and share these new materials to make a difference and save lives.”

Materials are available to the public and can be found by contacting Operation Lifesaver State Coordinators as well as online at by typing “foundation piece” in the search box. Spanish materials will be available March 1. Schools, driving schools, community groups and others can always request a free virtual or in-person rail safety presentation at and find other safety information at

Contact NJ OL

NJ State Coordinator Todd Hirt

(609) 963-1397 (office)

1035 Parkway Avenue
P.O. Box 600
Trenton , NJ    08625

Michael Allen


  • President: Ms Barbara Lazzaro
  • Secretary: Mr. Robert Rohauer
  • Treasurer: Mr. Gary Kamborian
  • State Coordinator: Mr. Todd Hirt

Board of Directors

Permanent Railroad Directors:

  • Conrail: Mr. Brian Baginski
  • CSX: Mr. Robert Rohauer
  • NJRRA: Mr Michael E. Allen
  • NS: Mr Thomas Jedic
  • NYS&W: Ms Melanie Boyer

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 Emeritus

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

In Memoriam:

Mr. Neil P. Ferrone 1956-2019