Lee Hernandez is Morning Edition producer at WNYC.
Report: A 'Deficient Safety Culture' at Metro-North
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 07:42 AM
After a deadly derailment in December that killed four people, Metro-North's operations have come under intense scrutiny by federal authorities.
A report released today by the Federal Railroad Administration concludes Metro-North has a "deficient safety culture." Specifically, it says Metro-North has emphasized on-time performance to the detriment of safety operations and adequate maintenance of its infrastructure.
Metro-North now has 60 days to submit plans to federal officials detailing how it will improve its training program and its safety program, among other issues.
In a statement, Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti said the agency is taking aggressive actions to affirm that safety is the most important factor in railroad operations and will discuss the reports recommendations after it is formally released.