Riders complained about service delays caused by electrical problems, crowded trains and heating and cooling problems.
Chief Engineer Robert Puciloski, who appeared at the National Transportation Safety Board hearing in Washington, D.C., said the railroad is “behind in several areas,” including a five-year schedule of cyclical maintenance that had not been conducted in the area of the Bridgeport derailment since 2005.
The NTSB was meeting Tuesday to consider a report on the probable cause of a February 2012 accident near Chesterfield, N.J., in which a dump truck slammed into the rear left side of a school bus.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Metro-North will install shunts on portions of its New Haven line within the next four weeks which work crews can attach to rails in a work zone to alert controllers.
The fact that the NTSB has said that it will take a year and a half to issue a probable cause finding for the derailment and crash is outrageous, Sen. Richard Blumenthal told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.
Fifty people, including the pilots, were killed in the crash near Buffalo, N.Y.
The National Transportation Safety Board began a two-day forum on Tuesday probing the safety implications of “code sharing” agreements.