NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The MTA has increased its use of plainclothes “spotters” who slip on board unnoticed to observe co-workers. The stepped-up effort comes two weeks after a deadly Metro-North train derailment.
The move also comes a year after a special on-board unit with the same task was disbanded amid scandal after auditors found workers failed to do the job.
“Our train crews, especially our engineers, are under increased scrutiny to make sure they are adhering to safety rules,” MTA spokeswoman Marjorie Anders told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.
The MTA says there have been no reports of Metro-North engineers nodding off or sleeping. That’s something under investigation as a factor in the Dec. 1 crash that killed four passengers.
Federal and state officials have focused on the train’s engineer, William Rockefeller, whose lawyer said may have been in a daze. The train was going 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph turn and ran off the track near the Spuyten Duyvil station, investigators said.