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Metro-North President's Letter to Blumenthal Murphy Himes

Metro-North President's Letter to Blumenthal Murphy Himes

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Metro-North President Howard Permut writes to U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes about actions taken after two accidents.
Metro-North President Howard Permut writes to U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes about actions taken after two accidents.

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June 7, 2013

United States Senator Richard Blumenthal 724 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510

United States Senator Chris Murphy SD-B40A Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510

Representative Jim Himes 119 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515

Dear Senators Blumenthal, Murphy and Representative Himes, I appreciate your continued interest in the two very serious but unrelated incidents that occurred last month, the derailment and sideswipe in Bridgeport and the tragic death of Track Foreman Robert Luden. Metro-North is fully cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigations into why these accidents occurred, and we are looking into what can be done immediately to make sure they do not happen again. The safety of our customers and our employees is always the highest priority for Metro-North Railroad and ensuring that we take appropriate steps to identify and mitigate any problems is also of paramount importance. Metro-North designs its track inspection program to comply with all relevant Federal guidelines and standards. I wanted to inform you that we have taken a number of steps as a result of the derailment and fatality in advance of formal NTSB recommendations. These actions include: • Retaining Transportation Technology Center Inc., which is the internationally-renowned research affiliate of the American Association of Railroads to assess our track maintenance and inspection programs, and to identify ways we can improve our efforts to maintain our right-of-way Inspecting and conducting an inventory of all similar joints—no defects found Increasing inspections of our right-of-way using specialized equipment on loan from other railroads Exploring solutions to better protect railroad employees working in the right-of-way Building in additional safeguards to our procedures in the railroad’s operations control center regarding returning tracks to revenue service

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Metro-North will continue to support the NTSB’s investigation and will also implement any recommendations issued by them. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Howard Permut

cc: James Redeker, Commissioner, ConnDOT

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