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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Feds Launch ‘Safety Culture’ Review at Metro-North

Under pressure from riders and federal legislators, the Federal Railroad Administration said today it would launch an intensive two-month review of safety compliance and culture at Metro-North.

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Four persons died in the Dec. 1 Metro-North derailment in the Bronx. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

The rare “deep dive” review is the first such investigation ever conducted for a passenger railroad. It follows a series of accidents, including the derailment of a Metro-North train in the Bronx on Dec. 1 that killed four persons.

The effort, which beings Monday, will assess a broad range of practices at the nation’s second-largest commuter railroad, the agency said.

This includes oversight of engineers, fatigue management programs and medical requirements for crew members, it said.

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