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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.

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 district includes Valhalla.

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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.

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.

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 following the crash, federal officials pledged their commitment to improve rail crossing safety.

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.  

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. 

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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.

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.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A House committee has passed legislation that includes rail safety provisions authored by a New York congressman.

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.

Federal Dollars Head To Metro-North For Sandy Repairs

Feb 11, 2015
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Congressional officials from New York have announced an investment in Metro-North Railroad for capital improvement projects from Hurricane Sandy.

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.

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.

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.”

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 the crash site. Schumer said a lot of questions need answers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board

What is being called the deadliest accident in Metro-North Railroad history has claimed six lives and injured some 15 others. The accident Tuesday evening in Westchester County involved a commuter train on the Harlem line and an SUV. A warning to our listeners: WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne’s report contains some disturbing descriptions.

Barry Solow, flickr

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the fatal Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx. In the past year, there have been safety recommendations along with the identification of a probable cause.

Metro-North Is Storm Ready

Nov 26, 2014
Courtesy of Metro-North Railroad

In anticipation of the Hudson Valley’s first major winter storm, Metro-North Railroad has been preparing.

Barry Solow, flickr

Federal regulators say the engineer of a commuter train that derailed in New York City last year fell asleep, causing him to miss a 30 mph speed limit and hit a curve at 82 mph.

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Not all autumn landscapes in New England are scenes of beauty. Metro-North Railroad is warning commuters of delays due to wet leaves.

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