Federal Railroad Administration
The Metro-North Railroad said Wednesday that it has completed most of its priorities to improve safety following a series of accidents last year.
“Metro-North must never compromise safety in the interests of the reliability of its train schedule or the efficiency in its railroad operations,” said the report released Friday.
Blumenthal has stressed the importance of renewed investment in rail infrastructure and strong federal oversight. The senator said higher standards are needed and is looking to raise the bar in his new leadership role.
Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti told Commissioner James Redeker on Monday the first priority is to rebuild a culture of safety.
The Federal Railroad Administration is planning to propose a rule that might require the installation of video cameras aboard trains to monitor drivers and record accidents or unsafe behavior, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Sunday.
Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker is addressing the Transportation Committee on Wednesday.
The effort will assess a broad range of practices at Metro-North, including oversight of engineers, fatigue management programs and medical requirements for crew members.
Sens. Charles Schumer and Richard Blumenthal are calling for more funding for railroad safety inspections following the fatal Metro-North derailment.
The stepped-up effort comes two weeks after a deadly Metro-North train derailment.
The Federal Railroad Administration will launch an intensive two-month review of safety compliance and culture at Metro-North after a train derailed and killed four people earlier this month.
Railroads nationwide have lessons to learn about speed limits and the importance of communication between crew members after the deadly derailment of a Metro-North train earlier this month, federal regulators said Wednesday.
The MTA said the new protections will warn engineers of approaching speed reductions and automatically apply the train’s emergency brakes if speed is not lowered to the 30 mph maximum in the curve.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced plans Sunday night that it plans to make immediate safety improvements on the Metro-North Railroad, a week after a derailment in the Bronx left four people dead.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is demanding immediate safety improvements from Metro-North following the deadly train derailment in the Bronx.
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.