AP finds NJ Transit had more accidents, safety fines than any other commuter railroad


The railroad whose rush-hour train slammed into a New Jersey station last month, killing a woman and injuring more than 100 people, has had more accidents and paid more in fines for safety violations than any other commuter railroad in the country over the past five years, federal safety data show.

Trains run by New Jersey Transit, which operates the nation’s second-largest commuter railroad, have been involved in 157 accidents since the start of 2011, three times as many as the largest, the Long Island Rail Road, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from January 2011 through July 2016.

Last call for Metro-North bar cars

ASSOCIATED PRESS, MAY 9, 2014 | Last call came Friday for the bar cars on commuter trains between Manhattan and Connecticut, a final run for rolling taverns where city workers gathered for decades to play dice, find jobs and hold annual Christmas parties with a jazz band.

Recent work

Here’s some of my recent work for The Associated Press —


As the results came in, I put this short video together on Vermont voters for and against home state favorite Bernie Sanders (Wilson Ring shot and did the interviews, I edited and did the voice at the start):

Another video we put together for AP’s Super Tuesday coverage. This one explores why New England voters are backing Donald Trump, who added wins in Vermont and Massachusetts to his Feb. 9 victory in New Hampshire. Wilson Ring and Phil Marcelo provide the interviews. I edited and voiced the start:


Feb. 3, 2016: Reporting on the latest in the Bill Cosby sex assault case:

Feb. 1, 2016: Despite engineer’s clarity, no answer why Amtrak train sped

Jan. 30, 2016: Hope for answers as release of Amtrak crash evidence nears

Jan. 6, 2016: Obama measures wouldn’t have kept guns from mass shooters

Dec. 14, 2015: In schools, on streets and TV, children feel Muslim backlash

Oct. 18, 2015: Philadelphia police boss exits after crime, corruption fight

Sept. 28, 2015 Critics slam Philadelphia ex-archbishop’s role in pope visit


Story collections:

Sept. 2015: Pope Francis visits Philadelphia on final leg of US, Cuba tour

May 2015: Searching for survivors and answers in the crash of Amtrak 188

2014-2015: Three funerals: Eric Garner, a firefighter and a police officer

More: Best of 2014

Crisis at Canaan: Life and death inside a federal penitentiary

A series exposing the deadly working conditions correctional officers face in federal prisons, particularly the United States Penitentiary at Canaan in Pennsylvania, where an inmate ambushed and murdered an officer on Feb. 25, 2013. Soon after the killing, The Citizens’ Voice set out to examine the dangers federal correctional officers face; the staffing, budget cuts and administrative resistance that have increased the risk of violence; and the remedies being implemented to prevent another death.
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