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Metro-North Officials: Timeliness Interfered with Safety

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Efforts to ensure trains ran on time likely contributed to the accidents and other safety-related mishaps that plagued the Metro-North commuter railroad last year, the service’s top brass told state lawmakers today.

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Thomas F. Prendergast, chairman and CEO of the MTA (l), and Joseph J. Giiulietti, president of Metro-North, appeared before a legislative panel today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

And efforts to enhance safety could lead to more delays in the future.

But administrators also said the nation’s second-busiest commuter line is in the midst of a historic overhaul of safety and maintenance programs, and pledged to keep Connecticut officials apprised of that process in the months to come.

“Metro-North had a terrible 2013, with derailments, a major power outage, a drop in on-time performance and other problems,” Thomas F. Prendergast, chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority told the legislature’s Transportation Committee during a special hearing. “And as a public transportation professional for over 35 years now, I know – as well as anyone – that you’re only as good as your last rush hour.”

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