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JTA bus collides with Amtrak train in Jacksonville
« on: July 01, 2019, 10:36:51 PM »
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The JTA bus driver involved in Monday morning’s crash with an Amtrak train at South McDuff Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard has been suspended without pay pending the results of an investigation, according to authority officials.

She is on what is officially called “hold off” status,” JTA spokesman David Cawton II said. The JTA is also investigating the incident to determine if the driver “followed protocols” in the operators rule book and if disciplinary action is necessary.

The Amtrak train with 466 passengers was headed south to Sanford when it hit the right front side of the bus just after 6:30 a.m., according to railroad and JTA officials. After the bus approached the tracks, the crossing arm came down and the signal began to flash, security footage shows. The train clipped the bus, then its driver is seen on video checking the nine passengers on board.

Full article: https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190701/jta-bus-collides-with-amtrak-train-in-jacksonville
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Re: JTA bus collides with Amtrak train in Jacksonville
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2019, 12:01:11 AM »
Not to excuse the driver, but that is a wickedly complex intersection, with multiple roadway intersections within a few feet of the two railroad crossings.  For example, on the approach where the bus appears to have been, there is not room for a bus between the tracks and Plymouth Street, where the crossing arm is. Federal law requires the bus driver to stop at the crossing to look for trains.

Perhaps the big roundabout proposed several years ago wasn't such a bad idea after all?

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Re: JTA bus collides with Amtrak train in Jacksonville
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2019, 08:01:37 AM »
Not to excuse the driver, but that is a wickedly complex intersection, with multiple roadway intersections within a few feet of the two railroad crossings.  For example, on the approach where the bus appears to have been, there is not room for a bus between the tracks and Plymouth Street, where the crossing arm is. Federal law requires the bus driver to stop at the crossing to look for trains.

Perhaps the big roundabout proposed several years ago wasn't such a bad idea after all?

This is probably the worst intersection in Jacksonville. And one I avoid despite the fact I live just a few miles away.

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Re: JTA bus collides with Amtrak train in Jacksonville
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2019, 08:39:36 AM »
I drive through this intersection on a regular basis and I agree that it one of the worst in Jax.  Total failure on the part of the traffic engineers responsible.
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Re: JTA bus collides with Amtrak train in Jacksonville
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2019, 08:49:28 AM »
Definitely an intersection developed in a time when the city didn't have traffic engineers.  It you think it is difficult to cross now, just imagine back in the day when it had a streetcar line running down it to connect Murray Hill with Riverside.
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