Metro-North

Engineer In Fatal Derailment Sues Metro-North

Dec 1, 2016
Barry Solow

An engineer who fell asleep at the controls of a Metro-North train and caused a derailment that killed four people in New York City three years ago has sued the railroad.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stood on a train platform in Orange County Thursday. He was in Tuxedo calling on New Jersey Transit and Metro-North to improve emergency communications with passengers following last week’s train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey. A Metro-North spokesman is responding.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Congressional lawmakers from the Hudson Valley Wednesday announced grants to improve rail crossing safety in the New York metro area. They hope the improvements will help prevent tragedies like the February 2015 Metro-North crash in Valhalla.

Croton-Harmon Train Station Renovations Are Complete

Aug 30, 2016
Courtesy of the office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

Renovations have been completed at one of the larger Metro-North stations in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Metro-North Tests Cameras On Its Trains

Jul 14, 2016
Bebeto Matthews / AP

Metro-North has begun a pilot program with security cameras in both cabs and passenger cars. The railroad plans to install cameras in all its trains by September.

Officials say a Metro-North train struck an unoccupied vehicle on the tracks in Westchester County, in Bedford Hills.

HV Lawmakers Urge Passage Of Rail Crossing Study Bill

Feb 25, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ever since a fatal crash last year, there’s been increased discussion about safety at rail crossings. Now, an assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is pushing a bill that requires the study of such crossings. The bill’s Senate sponsors also want a study to get off the ground. Westchester Democrat Tom Abinanti is calling for the Assembly to pass his bill that would direct the Department of Transportation to conduct a statewide study of level grade rail crossings. The Assembly passed the bill last...

NY Lawmaker Pushes Bill For Rail Crossing Study

Feb 21, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

An assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is pushing his bill that requires state study of rail crossings. Democratic Assemblyman Tom Abinanti is calling for the passage of his bill that would direct the New York State Department of Transportation to conduct a statewide study of level grade rail crossings. Abinanti first introduced the bill following the fatal February 2015 Metro-North crash – where a commuter train collided with an SUV at a highway railroad grade crossing in Valhalla. Abinanti’s...

Bebeto Matthews / AP

Five U.S. senators are urging President Obama to fill the vacant National Transportation Safety Board seat with a candidate who has a strong background in rail safety. Wednesday’s letter came on the first anniversary of the fatal Metro-North crash at a rail crossing in Valhalla, in Westchester County. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, along with Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, write that since 2013 the NTSB...

Metro-North Sets Ridership Record For 2015

Feb 3, 2016
MTA

New York transit officials say ridership increased on the nation's two largest commuter railroad systems last year. Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials Tuesday said there were a record number of riders on the Metro-North Railroad in 2015. They say more than 86 million people rode on the commuter rail system that connects New York City, its northern suburbs in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut. Officials say there also was an increase in the number of riders on the Long Island Rail...

WAMC Allison Dunne

Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of what has been called the deadliest crash in Metro-North Railroad history. Federal officials Monday said much has been done to improve grade crossing safety since the crash in Westchester County, and other actions are in the works. On February 3, 2015, a Metro-North commuter train crashed into an SUV that was stopped on the tracks at the Commerce Street crossing in Valhalla, killing five people on the train and the car's driver. In the weeks...

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

On a conference call with reporters, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer launched his effort to restore mass transit funding cuts passed by the House of Representatives last week.

Courtesy of Metro-North Railroad

The Federal Transit Administration has granted $20.8 million to Metro-North Railroad to harden its Hudson Line against future storm surge flood events the likes of Superstorm Sandy.

A commuter railroad says a Connecticut woman trying to retrieve a wallet or handbag from the tracks was killed by a train pulling into the station.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey was in Westchester County today, at a rail crossing just miles from the site of a fatal Metro-North train collision with an SUV nearly two months ago. She was joined by a number of officials pledging their commitment to improve all facets of rail crossing safety. Lowey, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, stood near the Metro-North crossing at Roaring Brook Road in Chappaqua. “The safest grade crossing, frankly, is one that doesn’t...

U.S. House Passes Passenger Rail Bill

Mar 5, 2015
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed commuter rail legislation that includes rail safety provisions from a Hudson Valley congressman. The House passed the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act, or PRRIA, by a vote of 316-101. PRRIA includes two provisions authored by Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney. His Rail Crossings Safety Improvement Act, which he introduced following the February 3 fatal Metro-North collision at a rail crossing in Valhalla in Westchester...

Tipiac-Alain Caraco/Wikimedia Commons

Authorities say an SUV driven by an elderly woman was hit by a train at a crossing in Long Island, about 40 miles south of a fatal crash last month in Westchester County that killed six. Metropolitan Transportation Authority police say a crossing gate came down on the SUV early Monday afternoon in East Rockaway. A witness says the woman then drove onto the grade crossing while warning lights were flashing and bells were ringing. The Long Island Rail Road train had just left a station and hit...

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two Hudson Valley Congress-members were in Westchester earlier today pushing passage of a passenger rail bill the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider this week, which includes legislation concerning rail crossing safety. The push to pass the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act, or PRRIA, comes nearly one month after a fatal Metro-North commuter train collision with an SUV at a rail crossing in Valhalla. Democrats Sean Patrick Maloney and Nita Lowey joined local...

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A House committee has passed legislation that includes rail safety provisions authored by a New York congressman. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed two provisions authored by Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney as part of the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act, or PRRIA. The provisions include authorizing investments in rail crossing improvements and positive train control technology. PRRIA includes Maloney’s Rail Crossings Safety Improvement Act, which he...

Courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board

Federal investigators expect to issue a preliminary report this month on the fiery collision between a commuter train and an SUV in New York’s Westchester County that killed six. However, such preliminary reports from the National Transportation Safety Board rarely include major disclosures or conclusions. Those could be several months away. A Metro-North Railroad train crashed into a Mercedes SUV on February 3 at a grade crossing in Valhalla, sparking an explosion and fire that burned out...

Federal Dollars Head To Metro-North For Sandy Repairs

Feb 11, 2015
Flickr / MTAPhotos

Congressional officials from New York have announced an investment in Metro-North Railroad for capital improvement projects from Hurricane Sandy. U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and congressional representatives Sean Patrick Maloney and Nita Lowey announced a $100 million federal investment for Metro-North for repairs from the 2012 storm for long-term capital improvement projects. The Federal Transit Administration grant is part of a $787 million investment for the MTA...

Courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board

A New York medical examiner has found that all six of the people killed in a collision between a commuter train and an SUV suffered blunt-force injuries and burns. The findings are based on autopsies conducted by the Westchester County medical examiner's office. A statement released Tuesday by the county does not specify the cause of death for any of those killed nor does it specify whether the blunt-force injuries were caused by the impact on the tracks or by the pieces of third rail that...

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Elected officials who toured the train wreckage from last week’s fatal Metro-North crash in Westchester County say there are many questions about the so-called third rail. On Friday, they also toured the crash site, and talked about improving safety at rail crossings. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, many questions remain about the deadliest Metro-North accident to date. Six people died when a Metro-North commuter train February 3 hit an SUV stopped on the tracks at...

U.S. Senator Describes Train Wreckage

Feb 7, 2015
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two U.S. Senators and two congressional representatives Friday saw the wreckage and toured the crash site of Tuesday’s fiery Metro-North crash in Westchester County that left six people dead. The officials, including U.S. Senator from Connecticut Richard Blumenthal, spoke after viewing the charred train in a warehouse and then touring the crash site in Valhalla. “Look inside the car and you can see those third rails like daggers going into the heart of that chamber.” He and Senator Charles...

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and other elected officials Friday toured the wreckage of the Metro-North train from Tuesday’s fatal crash in Westchester County. Schumer, after seeing the burnt first car of the train, said it was looking into a coffin. “It’s so sad and gut-wrenching. It’s one of the worst experiences I’ve had in elected life.” He and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut along with New York congressional representatives Nita Lowey and Sean Patrick Maloney also visited...

Courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board

Preliminary investigation findings indicate an SUV was in the danger zone inside railroad crossing gates for about 30 seconds before a Metro-North commuter train crashed into it, killing the driver and five train passengers. National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Robert Sumwalt on Thursday disclosed data that shed light on the timeline of Tuesday's crash in Westchester County. Sumwalt says flashing lights at the Valhalla crossing illuminated 39 seconds before the wreck and the...

HV Congressman Introduces Rail Safety Crossing Bill

Feb 5, 2015
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has introduced legislation to improve safety at rail crossings, the day after a fatal Metro-North crash in Westchester County. Meanwhile, the crash investigation that began Wednesday is expected last another four-to-six days. Maloney introduced the Rail Crossings Safety Improvement Act less than 24 hours after a Metro-North evening commuter train slammed into an SUV that was stopped on the tracks at a rail crossing in Valhalla. Five people aboard the...

Officials Identify Metro-North Crash Victims

Feb 5, 2015
Courtesy of National Transportation Safety Board

Officials have released the names of the six people who died when a Metro-North commuter train Tuesday hit an SUV stopped on the tracks at a rail crossing in Westchester County. Five were from Westchester. The driver of the SUV was 49-year-old Ellen Brody of Edgemont in the Town of Greenburgh in Westchester. The five rail passengers who died were 53-year-old Eric Vandercar of Bedford, senior managing director at Mesirow Financial; 69-year-old Walter Liedtke of Bedford Hills, curator of...

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

A Hudson Valley congressman Wednesday introduced legislation to improve safety at rail crossings, the day following a fatal Metro-North crash in Westchester County. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney introduced the Rail Crossings Safety Improvement Act after the fatal collision between a Metro-North commuter train and an SUV that was stopped on the tracks at a rail crossing in Valhalla. Maloney says his legislation would reauthorize the Rail Line Relocation & Improvement Capital Grant...

HV Congresswoman Leads Moment of Silence

Feb 4, 2015
Courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board

A New York congresswoman led a moment of silence on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon to honor the victims of Tuesday evening’s fatal Metro-North crash in Westchester County. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, whose district includes the Valhalla site of the crash, led the moment of silence. “I stand on the House floor today with my colleagues to call for a moment of silence to honor those who lost their lives in this tragic accident, offer sincere condolences to the...

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