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Congress moving to prevent disruptions on Amtrak, Metro-North

WASHINGTON — Congress is bowing to warnings by the nation’s railroads, including Metro-North and Amtrak, that passenger service would be disrupted or suspended if a federal deadline for implementation of a safety measure is not pushed back. Congress is rushing to comply. There is broad agreement the deadline should be put off, but there are hurdles. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut yet to implement train-crash preventive technology

WASHINGTON – In the wake of the fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia, railroad experts and lawmakers like Sen. Richard Blumenthal are touting safety technology that’s been slow to come to Connecticut. The state hopes to install Positive Train Control technology by 2018. Continue Reading →

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NTSB blames Metro-North for multiple failures in rail accidents

WASHINGTON – In final reports on five accidents that resulted in six fatalities, The National Transportation Safety Board faulted Metro North for poor track maintenance and lax inspections, inadequate training and questionable screening and scheduling of train engineers. Continue Reading →

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NTSB recommends cameras, speed signs for Metro-North

Washington — The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday recommended that Metro-North adopt new safety measures including cameras on trains and more speed restriction signs. “The images and audio captured by recorders can be invaluable to our investigators,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. “Understanding what is happening inside the cab just prior to a crash can provide crucial information about how to prevent future accidents.”

The recommendations came out of an ongoing investigation into a crash in December in the Bronx, one of four open investigations into Metro-North incidents. The rash of accidents has prompted the NTSB, and a slew of politicians, to question the railroad’s safety. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who has been urging Metro-North to put cameras on its trains, said the railroad should immediately install inward- and outward-facing audio and image recorders instead of waiting for Federal Railroad Administration regulations. Continue Reading →

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