Kaomi Goetz

The 118-year-old Walk Bridge in Norwalk, Conn., will be replaced. On Thursday, Connecticut officials announced a funding plan to replace the bridge, which is vital to the Metro-North New Haven line.  

Built in 1896, the bridge has seen better days. It's now decayed and prone to failures. The four-track bridge broke down twice this past summer within a two-week period. The malfunction left Metro-North passengers stranded for hours.

Craig LeMoult

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says he's introducing a bill that would increase federal oversight of the U.S. rail system and require railroads to make safety improvements.  It’s not yet clear how some of that would be funded.

MTA calls in commission of experts

Jun 24, 2014

In response to deteriorating rail infrastructure, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is calling in experts to help figure out what to do.  The Transportation Reinvention Commission meets for the  the first time on Wednesday.

Blumenthal says system for rail safety rules broken

Jun 3, 2014
Committee web broadcast of hearing

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says the system for issuing new federal rail safety rules is broken.  Blumenthal questioned the head of the Federal Railroad Administration Tuesday in a committee hearing.

Craig LeMoult

Metro-North announced on Thursday that the railroad is making a series of safety reforms that had been recommended by the Federal Railroad Administration.  The FRA made the recommendations following a number of recent accidents, including 2 derailments, one of them deadly.