NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A blistering new Federal Railroad Administration report claimed that the Metro-North Railroad has allowed its emphasis on trains’ on-time performance to “routinely” overshadow its safety operations.
“Metro-North has emphasized on-time performance to the detriment of safe operations and adequate maintenance of its infrastructure,” said the report released Friday. “Metro-North must never compromise safety in the interests of the reliability of its train schedule or the efficiency in its railroad operations.”
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The inquiry was prompted by a Dec. 1 derailment in the Bronx that killed four passengers and injured about 70 others when the engineer approached a the dangerous Spuyten-Duyvil curve going 82 miles per hour. But it delves into a wide range of operations at the railroad, which serves north suburban areas up along the Hudson Valley, as well as Connecticut.