Government Issues

NTSB issues recommendations to FRA, Metro-North

Posted on May 21, 2014

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration and Metro-North Railroad.

The recommendation to FRA is to remove the current inspection exemption for high-density commuter railroads and require all railroads to traverse each main track by vehicle or inspect each main track on foot at least once every two weeks.

Current track safety standards exempt high-density commuter railroads like Metro-North from traversing each track they inspect by foot or vehicle. The recommendation to Metro-North advises the railroad to end the practice of using the FRA exemption.

"Safety of our public railways remains first and foremost in achieving NTSB's mission to prevent these types of accidents," said Acting Chairman Christopher A. Hart. "We expect the same level safety on all railroads, freight and passenger alike."

The recommendation comes from the NTSB's ongoing investigation of the derailment and subsequent collision of two Metro-North Railroad passenger trains in Bridgeport, Conn., in May.

During the ongoing investigation, NTSB investigators identified broken joint bars of the rail. It was also noted that the last inspection on this rail was conducted using a hi-rail vehicle two days before the accident occurred. Investigators measured the exposed portions of the breaks and determined the gage side bar, which is the bar closest to the centerline of the track, was the first bar to break.

Inspection records collected by NTSB investigators revealed that the last inspection was performed from track 2, and that the gage side of the rail on track 4, including the gage side of the joint bar, would not have been visible from a hi-rail vehicle that traveled on track 2.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Foxx wraps bus tour, announces proposed rail safety rulemaking

The rule would require adoption and enforcement of federal and state safety laws, and require SSOAs to be financially and legally independent of the rail transit systems they oversee.

Foxx bus tour makes stop in Charlotte N.C.

Visit is part of a four-day, five state bus tour, The GROW AMERICA Express, highlighting the importance of investing in America’s infrastructure and to encourage Congress to act on a long-term transportation bill.

Foxx kicks off bus tour with Florida visits

Making two stops in Tallahassee, Fla., the GROW AMERICA Express will include visits to universities, manufacturers, bridges, freight facilities and highway projects in an effort to raise awareness of America’s infrastructure deficit.

Foxx bus tour to highlight need for infrastructure investment

The GROW AMERICA Express will visit communities that have created jobs and new opportunities by investing in transportation, as well as communities with transportation projects that are waiting on much needed funding.

NJ TRANSIT to develop warning system to prevent trains from being flooded

The proposed system would use water levels from monitoring stations and atmospheric forecasts to provide information for NJ TRANSIT officials to take action such as moving equipment prior to flooding. NJ TRANSIT officials said the work will be done in three phases, including development and testing, over a three-year time period.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

Please sign in or register to .    Close