A federal report that found major safety lapses at Metro-North Railroad has two U.S. senators looking to the railroad’s new president for change. Meanwhile, a few congressional representatives say it’s time to spend money on improving the nation’s rail system and other infrastructure.
The Federal Railroad Administration Friday released a report finding major safety lapses at Metro-North, including that the railroad emphasized punctuality to the detriment of safety. The report was prompted by four accidents in 2013, including a fatal derailment in December in the Bronx.
The Federal Railroad Administration Friday released a report on its safety assessment of Metro-North following the railroad’s four accidents in 2013, including the fatal derailment in December in the Bronx. The FRA report is called Operation Deep Dive.
FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo says the report contains three major findings:
“A clear, overemphasis on on time performance to the detriment of safety, combined with an ineffective safety department and poor safety culture, and ineffective and inadequate training, Szabo says.
WASHINGTON – In the wake of the December 1 Metro-North derailment that killed four people and injured over 60 others, two US senators have asked Congress to increase funding to the Federal Railroad Administration for added inspections.
Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have asked for an increase of $15 million over this year’s sequestered budget, bringing the total in the Obama administration’s request to $185 million for safety and operations.
The additional money would fund 45 more inspectors.
Federal rail experts will judge safety compliance and culture at the commuter railroad that operated the train that derailed and killed four people in New York City this month.
The Federal Railroad Administration said Thursday it is launching a comprehensive safety assessment of Metro-North, the nation's second-largest commuter railroad. It starts Monday and will last two months.
After a New York commuter train derailment killed four people, two federal lawmakers want trains to be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.
Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut held a news conference Sunday at Grand Central Terminal, one week after the derailment in the Bronx. The Democratic lawmakers are urging the Federal Railroad Administration to implement the cameras.
The National Transportation Safety Board has suggested it.
CSX Corp. says the derailment of two of its freight trains in the Mohawk Valley earlier this summer was caused by operator error.
The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that CSX recently posted its internal investigation into the June 27 derailment to the Federal Railroad Administration website. The company's report says the accident was caused when the eastbound train went through a trackside red light as a westbound train was crossing from one track to another.