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MTA Installs New Speed Protections at Spuyten Duyvil Curve

Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 10:27 PM

The MTA says as of the Monday morning commute, new protections are in place on the Metro North route where a train derailed last week.

It says signal crews have installed new equipment at the Spuyten Duyvil curve to warn train engineers of approaching speed reductions, and apply the emergency brakes if the train is going too fast.
Governor Cuomo and the Federal Railway Administration ordered the protections on Friday.
Federal investigators say the train that derailed was going 82 miles an hour when it approached the curve - nearly 3 times the speed limit. Four people were killed and more than 60 were injured. A lawyer and a union leader for the train's engineer say he briefly nodded off or experienced a daze at the controls. The investigation is ongoing.

[Meanwhile, Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are calling for trains to be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks. A spokesman for the Federal Railway Administration says it's considering whether to make that an additional requirement for Metro North.

 

It says signal crews have installed new equipment at the Spuyten Duyvil curve to warn train engineers of approaching speed reductions, and apply the emergency brakes if the train is going too fast.

Governor Cuomo and the Federal Railway Administration ordered the protections on Friday.

Federal investigators say the train that derailed was going 82 miles an hour when it approached the curve - nearly 3 times the speed limit. Four people were killed and more than 60 were injured. A lawyer and a union leader for the train's engineer say he briefly nodded off or experienced a daze at the controls. The investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are calling for trains to be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks. A spokesman for the Federal Railway Administration says it's considering whether to make that an additional requirement for Metro North.

Metro North Signal Department workers. (Metropolitan Transportation Authority/J.P. Chan)

In addition to the new protections at Spuyten Duyvil, the MTA says new signal protections are being developed to automatically enforce speed restrictions at four other critical curves by March and at five movable bridges by September. The four critical curves are at Yonkers on the Hudson Line, White Plains on the Harlem Line, and Port Chester and Bridgeport on the New Haven Line. All five movable bridges are on the New Haven Line.

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Comments [1]

Thomas the Train Engine from Choo Choo Cha Boogie

MTA, right on top of things, as always! Way to go! Great Job!

Dec. 09 2013 05:44 PM

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