NEW YORK — Following two recent train derailments there that caused massive delays for commuters, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are calling for an independent review of Penn Station’s infrastructure and how Amtrak maintains it, Newsday reports.
In a letter Monday to Amtrak’s CEO Charles “Wick” Moorman and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Executive Director Patrick Warren, Cuomo and Christie said the train derailments and severe service disruptions at the century-old Manhattan rail hub have made clear “the need for a complete review of Amtrak’s infrastructure and maintenance protocols.”
Amtrak last week said it had already launched a comprehensive joint inspection of Penn’s infrastructure with the FRA, which oversees U.S. railway safety, and would also review its own maintenance protocols. In their letter, Cuomo and Christie said that those announced efforts don’t go far enough and that Amtrak has not reached out to New York or New Jersey to be involved. For the full story, click here.