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(Source: SMART Transportation Division press release, April 8, 2020)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Joseph Hansen, a conductor out of Local 60 (Newark, N.J.) who worked for New Jersey Transit (NJT), passed away recently to become the first reported active SMART Transportation Division member to succumb to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

Hansen was 62 years old and had been a SMART-TD member since November 1999. He worked out of NJT’s Raritan Yard. He is survived by his wife, Denise; a son, Brian, who is a mechanic at Raritan Yard; and his grandchildren.

SMART-TD offers sincere condolences to Brother Hansen’s family and friends and to his brothers and sisters of Local 60, who continue to put their safety on the line as essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read an article from about Brother Hansen’s passing. also reported that the carrier gave an update on the effects of COVID-19 on NJT’s 12,000-person workforce:

• 87 NJ Transit employees have tested positive for coronavirus
• Of those, 57 were operating buses, trains or cleaning stations
• 571 employees are in quarantine as a precaution or awaiting test results
• 159 employees have returned to work after being cleared

Thursday, April 9, 2020

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