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MTA Teams Up With Waze App To Improve Safety At Railroad Crossings

June 07, 2018 - 9:21 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The MTA is teaming up with Waze to improve safety at railroad crossings on Long Island.

If it's dark, you're unfamiliar with an area and your gps tells you to turn, you probably turn. The problem is sometimes drivers are missing the road altogether and turning onto train tracks.

It happened nearly 30 times on Long Island in 2017, and 26 times in Westchester.

It became abundantly clear to the MTA that GPS systems had to upgraded. The agency has partnered with the Waze app to create a new alert that gives a warning whnever a driver approaches a grade crossing. It's being tested at 10 locations on Long Island. Ultimately Waze will warn drivers about all LIRR and Metro North rail crossings.

The MTA is also looking to delineate the location of tracks with 4-ft tall reflective posts and to improve road marking so drivers don't make the wrong turn.