Today is New Jersey Railroad Workers Day

A New York City-bound N.J. Transit train pulls out of Metuchen, N.J., in October 2017. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed SJR-86/AJR-165 to designate October 15thof each year as New Jersey Railroad Workers Day.

The resolution recognizes the critical importance of railroad workers to the state’s transportation network and economy, which depend on railroad workers to function efficiently. State Sens. Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Andrew Zwicker and Assemblymembers Daniel R. Benson, Shama A. Haider and Anthony S. Verrelli sponsored the resolution.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, railroad workers risked their personal health and safety to ensure that the state’s rail lines remained operational.

In January, Governor Murphy signed the Motorbus and Passenger Rail Service Employee Violence Prevention Act to establish new tools for protecting pivotal railroad workers across the state.

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