A new hybrid beacon, designed to provide an extra measure of safety for pedestrians who cross Route 27 on their way to and from Metropark Station, has been installed at Magnolia Road/Route 27 and will be activated on Wednesday, May 30.
Don't know if this will enhance safety. To the rail commuter running for a NJ Transit or Amtrak train, will this person wait for the correct crossing light cycle, or cross as soon as they perceive that traffic has cleared? This also presumes the motorist will obey the signal. As we know from some grade crossing accidents, regular traffic signals are not observed and respected 100% of the time. Now if you've looked at the signals linked to in the announcement, the driver has to get used to a new type of signal. It's red, but it has cycles of both flashing and steady lights.