Metro North is providing an update on safety reforms enacted since a fatal derailment in December. The reforms address factors identified during several serious safety incidents over the last year, as well as issues identified by an in-depth Federal Railroad Administration review of its operating practices that took place this past winter.
A review analyzing Metro-North’s safety-related processes and procedures, its compliance with safety regulations and requirements, and its overall safety culture resulted in a report with 27 actions to be taken. Some of the actions to be taken are meant to address ongoing signal system issues on the Danbury Branch that's led to midday bussing.
Metro-North has completed 14, is progressing on five, and has developed a training strategy for 8 to be carried out starting immediately. Safety workshops, speed reductions and cameras for positive train control are among the steps taken.