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Metro-North Ordered To Increase Speed Safeguards, Staffing

Photo Credit: Metro-North

The Federal Railroad Administration ordered Metro-North to modify its signal system Friday to provide more safeguards against speeding in the aftermath of Sunday's derailment in the Bronx that claimed four lives.

The order says Metro-North must increase its existing signal system to provide "adequate advance warning of and adherence to" speed limits.

Until the changes are implemented, two qualified train operators must be present in the cab of trains that go through areas of track where maximum speeds change abruptly, similar to the stretch near Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx where the derailment occurred, ordered the FRA, a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The FRA's emergency order appears in this news release.

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