HATRFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Metro-North Railroad said Wednesday that it has completed most of its priorities to improve safety following a series of accidents last year.
The railroad said in a 100-day action plan released Wednesday it has established an investigation unit to look into the causes of accidents, overhauled a system safety plan and improved employee training programs.
Metro-North said it still must install alerter devices designed to ensure engineers remain responsive.
The Federal Railroad Administration responded after the Dec. 1, 2013 derailment near the Spuyten Duyvil station on the Hudson Line. The derailment killed four people.
That was just one of a series of incidents that prompted Metro-North to review its safety procedures.
The FRA said in a report to Congress in March that Metro-North allowed safety to erode while pushing to keep its trains on time. The agency ordered the railroad to immediately “prioritize safety above all else” and required Metro-North to submit plans of action within 60 days.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the report has taken longer than he wanted but Metro-North is making itself safer.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories:
- Seen At 11: Getting What You Want Is All About How You Ask
- Yorktown Residents May Record, Anonymously Report Litterbugs With First-Of-Its-Kind Law
- SUV Slams Into Queens Home, Coming Dangerously Close To Man Sleeping Inside
- CBS2 Exclusive: ‘I’m Still In Shock’ — Parents Return To Site Of Deadly Radiator Accident
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)