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A blue ribbon panel of transportation experts that was created after the deadly Metro North train Accident in New York to study safety and maintenance practices at MTA’s three railroad operations (Metro-North Railroad, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and New York City Transit) released its recommendations yesterday.

Rail conditions are a main concern at all three railroad operations and the panel recommends that the MTA implement a data system that would allow not only the monitoring of all track elements through their life cycle but also the integration of inspection data. The panel also proposed creating a confidential close-call reporting system for the Metro-North and the LIRR.

The panel also recommends improving the safety culture within Metro-North and to adjust schedules to allow more time for track maintenance and repair.

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Last year in New York 151 people were struck by subway trains and 53 of them died. There are many reasons why people are being injured or killed by a train: they fall on the tracks after feeling ill, they are pushed by someone else, they loose something on the track and try to go pick it up or they jump in front of the train to commit suicide. To stop the staggering amount of injuries and deaths happening on its tracks, the MTA is testing sensors and video systems that would prevent people who fall on the tracks to be struck by a train. The systems use high-tech devices to alert the driver if someone falls on the tracks. The tests look promising and the MTA executives are planning to install such systems in subway stations between 2015 and 2019.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced that the subway accident during which the F train derailed was not due to a defective batch of rails. MTA spokesman, Adam Lisberg, said that the agency had tested 70 rails that came from the same batch and none of them were defective. The MTA is expected to receive additional results of tests conducted on the rail that snapped. The area where the derailment happened had previously been identified by the MTA as having a high concentration of rail breaks and the agency had plans to address the issue.

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19 people suffered personal injury after a Subway accident during which the F train derailed on a recently installed track near the Broadway and 65th St Station in Queens, NYC. 4 people were seriously injured and had to be taken to the hospital while another dozen of passengers were treated at the scene. 1000 people were on board.

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A woman died after being struck in the head by a subway in New York as she leaned over the platform to check if the train was coming. The 55 year old woman was waiting for the northbound 6 train at the Astor Place station when the fatal accident happened.

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A FRA investigation prompted by the Metro North Deadly New York Train Accident found that “Metro North’s management emphasis on-time performance to the detriment of safe operations and adequate maintenance of its infrastructure, resulting in a deficient safety culture, increased risk and reduced safety on the Metro North system”. Metro North has 60 days to submit a plan to the FRA on how to address these safety concerns.
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Just a few months after a Metro North train accident killed 4 and inured more than 70 people, a Metro North worker who was standing outside of the approved work zone was hit by a train on Monday morning. The worker,a 58 year old man from Yonkers was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital.

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The viaduct where the worker was hit by the train, Photo by Joe Larese for The Journal

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After Metro North was involved in two catastrophic train accidents including a fatal one in the Bronx, NY, the new Metro North president Joseph Giulietti gave Connecticut’s Transportation Commissioner James Redeker a preliminary 100-Day Improvement Plan that focuses on rebuilding a culture of safety in Metro North. The plan proposes the re-establishment of a safety department, the creation of a data analysis unit as well as improved training programs for employees. In his letter to Commissioner Redeker, Giulietti mentioned that he was also waiting for external reviews from the MTA, the FRA and the NTSB to be able to understand all issues and take proper corrective action.

In a statement the Governor of Connecticut, Dannel Mallloy criticised the action plan saying it was not specific enough and that “riders need to know that there is a plan with benchmarks and deadlines in place” .

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Following the New York Metro North Train accident that killed four and injured more than 70 people, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Richard Blumenthal announced yesterday that the recently filed Appropriation bill includes $ 185 million for the Federal Railroad Administration to hire additional inspectors, inspect far more track, and begin sending safety “strike teams” to railroads around the nation in order to conduct additional safety audits.

The agency is underfunded and unable to fully evaluate existing and future rail-safety programs across the nation’s freight and passenger railroads.

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Howard%20Permut.jpgAfter the recent New York train accident that led to the wrongful death of 4 passengers and injured more than 70, Metro North Chief, Howard Perrmut announced that he is stepping down. He will stay until the end of this month to help his successor, Joseph Giulietti, the executive director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, with the transition.

Read the complete article in the New York Times