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MTA Launches "Sweeping Series of Safety Reforms" in Response to Report Critical of Metro-North

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is responding to a federal report that slammed safety standards at Metro-North, launching what it calls a "sweeping series of safety reforms."

Following a year that included a deadly derailment in the Bronx, the railroad said it's acted on 14 of 27 federal recommendations.

Among them were reducing its on-time performance goals, reorganizing its safety department, lowering speed limits and improving employee training.

Metro-North said alerters that could sound a warning alarm if the engineer is not responding will be installed in its older rail cars this year.

Both Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road said they've sped up the process of eventually installing anti-crash technology.

They're also equipping rail cars with inward- and outward-looking cameras to assist in accident investigations.

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