Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy held an emergency meeting with representatives from New York City’s commuter rail system Monday afternoon. It was in response to a 118 year-old Metro North bridge that has failed twice in less than two week.
Malloy says the state is partnering with Metro-North on an operational review of the Walk Bridge in Norwalk. The Democrat says it will be completed by mid-July.
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.
A federal agency has issued safety recommendations following December’s fatal Metro-North commuter train derailment in the Bronx. The recommendations come in the form of a letter to Metro-North’s president.
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.
A train that derailed in New York City this month had an automatic breaking system that might have prevented the crash, but it wasn't set up to enforce speed limits on the curve where the wreck happened.
Four people died when a Metro-North commuter train failed to slow as it approached a tight curve in the Bronx.
The driver told investigators he nodded at the controls.
Metro-North trains have equipment that will sound an alarm and hit the brakes if an engineer exceeds a designated speed or blows through a red light.
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.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says Metro-North signal crews have installed new safety protections at the Spuyten Duyvil curve, the site of last Sunday's derailment in the Bronx that killed four people.
The MTA said the new protections — which will start Monday — will warn engineers of approaching speed reductions and will automatically apply the train's emergency brakes if speed is not lowered to the 30 mph maximum in the curve.
Four congressional representatives are calling for a House committee and subcommittee to hold a hearing on rail safety. Their urging comes following the fatal Metro-North commuter train derailment in the Bronx December 1.