derailment

Transportation
11:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

NTSB: More Attention Needs To Be Paid To Sleep Disorders

An Amtrak train, top, traveling on an unaffected track, passes a derailed Metro North commuter train, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York.
Credit AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

In December of 2013, an engineer fell asleep while driving a Metro-North train in the Bronx.  It derailed, killing 4 people. 

The NTSB released a report on Wednesday with safety recommendations.  Among those recommendations is that railroads should routinely screen employees who perform "safety-sensitive" functions for sleep disorders.

NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart says they've made the recommendation to regulators of all transportation industries. He says, for example, it’s been helpful for the trucking industry.

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Metro-North
6:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Conn. commuters rail against Metro-North delays

Eric Garcia sits on a Metro-North train on his way home from New York City to New Canaan. He says his 55-minute commute has increased by 15 minutes and there are often no seats.
Credit Kaomi Goetz

Metro-North is undergoing a lot of changes these days, from a new president to infrastructure and safety improvements sparked by last year’s derailments.  But the rail company’s overhaul has caused delays and service disruptions that is stoking commuters' frustration. 

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Metro-North safety
9:47 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Conn. lawmakers suggest looking elsewhere for rail operator

Commuters stand in the doorway of a Stamford bound train at Grand Central Terminal in this file photo.
Credit AP Photo/John Minchillo

Issues facing Metro-North railroad were the focus of a public hearing on Wednesday.  Members of the Connecticut General Assembly's Transportation Committee voiced concern about recent incidents, including two derailments, a power failure, and the death of a track foreman.

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Railroad outlines safety practices
9:51 am
Wed December 18, 2013

At governor's request, Metro-North provides report

James Redeker, Connecticut Transportation Commissioner, right, stands by as Governor Dannel Malloy, second from right, speaks about a Metro-North service disruption at a press conference at Grand Central Terminal in this September 26th file photo.
Credit AP Photo/Tina Fineberg

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says he's received a report from Metro-North on actions its taking to address concerns about its safety practices and infrastructure. The governor had asked for the report earlier this month following train derailments in Connecticut and New York, as well as a power failure and the death of a track foreman in West Haven.

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Metro-North Safety
10:03 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Senators: Federal Railroad Administration underfunded

Passengers exit a Metro-North train at New York's Grand Central Terminal (file photo)
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Charles Schumer of New York say the Federal Railroad Administration only has enough funding for 1% of the safety measures they say are needed to make trains safe.

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