Federal regulators promised on Thursday to release a comprehensive safety report on Metro-North Railroad on March 17th. The Federal Railroad Administration launched its safety investigation following a fatal derailment on Metro North railroad last December 1st.
Connecticut’s Transportation Commissioner and representatives of Metro North heard from angry commuters Tuesday night who vented their frustrations about a range of problems experienced on the railroad over recent months. About a hundred commuters attended a forum in Southport sponsored by the Connecticut Citizens Transportation Lobby.
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.
Some Connecticut officials are angry with Metro North Railroad for failing to inform local authorities after they suspected a train struck something last Thursday. The body of a 46-year-old woman from Maine was discovered floating in the Saugatuck River in Westport a day after the incident. She’s believed to have been struck by the train.