Metro-North announces reforms to improve safety

First responders view the derailment of a Metro North passenger train in the Bronx borough of New York Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Metro-North Railroad has outlined reforms it is implementing to improve commuter safety, a year after an accident in Bridgeport injured 76 people.

The railroad’s action plan, released Thursday, includes audits of engineers to ensure they are not speeding, and the installation of systems that would halt trains before they crash, among other reforms.

The report came in response to a Federal Railroad Administration finding in March that Metro-North was more interested in on-time performance than safety. The government launched an investigation following the Bridgeport accident and a December crash in the Bronx that killed four people.

Railroad President Joseph Giulietti says the railroad also is improving employee training and re-organizing its Safety Department.

Giulietti and federal lawmakers scheduled a news conference Friday in New Haven to discuss the reforms.

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