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Connecticut Panel To Discuss Metro-North, Rail Issues

DOT Commissioner Addressing Transportation Committee Wednesday
A train car on Metro North's New Haven Line (Credit MTA/Metro North)

A train car on Metro North’s New Haven Line (Credit MTA/Metro North)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A Connecticut legislative panel is holding a public hearing to learn more about recent problems with Metro-North, as well as other rail-related issues.

Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker is addressing the Transportation Committee on Wednesday. Besides Metro-North, he’s expected to discuss improvement at the New Haven rail yard and a strategic transportation planning initiative.

Repairs on the New Haven line have slowed travel times for commuters since a derailment in Bridgeport in May that injured 76 people. Later that month, a track foreman was struck and killed.

“Most recently, the Federal Railroad Administration announced that they are going to bring in a team to do a complete assessment of everything that’s been done as well as to look at safety and the safety culture of the railroad and I know Metro-North welcomes that,”  Redeker told WCBS 880′s Fran Schneidau.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday received a report he requested from Metro-North on recent infrastructure, technology and safety actions taken by the commuter railroad, which promised to resume regular service by April.

Earlier this month, four people were killed and more than 60 injured when a Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx.

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