The order requires Metro-North to modify its signal system to ensure speed limits are followed.
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.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been facing tough questions about his whereabouts during the deadly Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx on Sunday morning.
The horror of the Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx Sunday was marked by some inspiring stories of bravery.
The National Transportation Safety Board on Sunday evening was combing over the scene in the Bronx where four people were killed, and more than 60 were injured, when a Metro-North commuter train derailed.
Passengers aboard the Metro-North train the derailed Sunday morning in the Bronx said they saw passengers tossed out windows and fellow riders die before their eyes as some cars tipped on their sides.
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.
Metro-North says limited Hudson Line service will operate between Poughkeepsie and Yonkers stations, including hourly service through the weekend.
It will be up to Gov. Dannel Malloy and legislative leaders to appoint members to the new Connecticut Commuter Rail Council.
Jim Cameron of the council has submitted a question to Metro-North and to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, seeking to determine why nothing was done to stop trains from traveling over the problem track even after the issue was found and identified.
The engineers of the two trains involved are among the clients of George Cahill, a New Haven-based railroad law attorney.
About 700 people were on board the trains when one heading east from New York City’s Grand Central Station to New Haven derailed about 6:10 p.m. just outside Bridgeport, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said.
Specialized machinery has been working to dig up the nearly 1,600 damaged concrete railroad ties to replace them with fresh ones.
Service was emporarily suspended for most of the day Sunday due to an early morning freight train derailment near New Haven, Connecticut.
Experts said the air was safe to breathe again Monday afternoon at the site of a train derailment in South Jersey.