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Fed Report Finds Safety Problems At Metro-North

Barry Solow, flickr

The Federal Railroad Administration Friday released a report on its safety assessment of Metro-North following the railroad’s four accidents in 2013, including the fatal derailment in December in the Bronx. The FRA report is called Operation Deep Dive.

FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo says the report contains three major findings:

“A clear, overemphasis on on time performance to the detriment of safety, combined with an ineffective safety department and poor safety culture, and ineffective and inadequate training, Szabo says.

Democratic Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty from Connecticut reacts.

“It is very clear that this report, Operation Deep Dive, is a serious, and I would say, a damning condemnation of Metro North’s safety culture,” says Esty.

Szabo says Metro-North will submit a plan to FRA by May 17 to address all the actions outlined in the report.

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