“Please be aware that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has specific standards in maintaining a safe railroad. Metro-North’s operating practices and maintenance standards meet or exceed all of these standards. The FRA conducts routine monitoring, inspections and audits of our practices and has taken no exceptions. Since Friday, we have taken extra precautions, including additional track inspections, and will increase this effort going forward.”
On Friday, some 70 passengers were injured when an eastbound Metro-North train on the New Haven line derailed near Bridgeport and slammed into a train headed the other way.
With the east end of the New Haven line closed as federal investigators probe the crash and crews make repairs, Metro-North has encouraged riders to use other lines.
Permut said some trains may be crowded as a result. For the full letter, click here.
(A Connecticut state investigator examines the scene of a Metro North train collision on May 18, 2013 in Fairfield, Connecticut. Two New Haven Line Metro North commuter trains collided on Friday, May 17 near Bridgeport, CT, injuring as many as 70 people. (Photo by Michael Graae/Getty Images)