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Metro-North Derailment Sparks Safety Improvements

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Allison Denton3 years ago

Four passengers died following a New York commuter train derailment on December 1, 2013. Safety improvements to the railroad are currently being discussed and addressed. 

Metro-North Train Derailment Draws Attention to Improving Safety

According to Fox News, the Metro-North train derailment that recently killed four passengers has sparked safety changes in the railroad system.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that the railroad install recorders facing both in and out of all trains and cars with engineer cabs in addition to new speed-limit signs along the tracks.

Although the NTSB has been recommending the installation of the recorders for years in order to provide more information on accidents and to monitor safety compliance, they are not yet mandated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

New York Senator Charles Schumer believes that the recent Metro-North fatalities will prompt the railroad to install the recorders, and will spur the FRA to make the cameras mandatory.

Speed a Factor in Train Derailment

The speed limit signs are also an important safety improvement that is currently under discussion: while Metro-North posts speed limit signs where speed is temporarily restricted, the permanent speed restrictions are only listed in timetables.

When the Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx, killing four passengers, it was moving at a speed of 82 miles per hour in a place where a permanent speed restriction of 30 miles per hour was employed.

The NTSB is still investigating the incident, and a final report is not expected for several months.

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