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 final funeral service was planned for Saturday for one of the four passengers killed in the Metro-North derailment in the Bronx last weekend.
Funerals were held Friday for Jim Lovell and Donna Smith, victims of the Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx.
Three survivors of the Metro-North derailment have filed lawsuits against the railroad.
The locomotive at the rear of the wrecked train was equipped with an “alerter” system, which can automatically apply the brakes if the engineer is unresponsive and doesn’t react to an alarm. There was no such alarm in the engineer’s cab.
The engineer who was at the controls when a train derailed and left four people dead this past weekend has been suspended without pay.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is demanding immediate safety improvements from Metro-North following the deadly train derailment in the Bronx.
Wake services for Jim Lovell will be held Thursday. Wake services for the second victim, James Ferrari, will be Wednesday.
The focus has pointed increasingly to human error in the investigation into the deadly Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx, after a union officials said the engineer “nodded off” at the controls and “zoned out” before the accident.
Safety officials have championed what’s known as positive train control technology for decades, but the railroad industry has sought to postpone having to install it because of the high cost and technological issues.
Attorneys for one of the passengers on the Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx this past weekend has announced plans to file a lawsuit against the railroad.
Survivors of the deadly Metro-North train derailment say they feel lucky to have gotten out alive. One of those survivors describes the horror– and the severity — of the accident.
The MTA identified the victims Sunday as Donna L. Smith, 54, of Newburgh; James G. Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring; James M. Ferrari, 59, of Montrose; and Ahn Kisook, 35, of Queens.
The Metro-North Rail Road will continue to provide shuttle buses and direct Hudson Line commuters to subway trains Tuesday, following the derailment in the Bronx that left four people dead.