NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Metro-North has been fined $552,000 over the past decade for safety violations and defects, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday.
The Connecticut Democrat called it a shameful record that shows an urgent need for immediate attention to safety and reliability.
There were 139 violations since 2004, Blumenthal said, citing data he received from the Federal Railroad Administration. He said per 100 miles of track, Metro-North had five times the number of safety defects than any other commuter railroad in the country. A Metro-North spokeswoman said earlier this month that Metro-North generally does better during federal inspections than most railroads.