The MTA says that new safety procedures are taking effect today on Metro-North in the wake of criticism from Washington following last week's deadly derailment.
Crews have been installing a warning system that will alert engineers of the upcoming speed reduction at the curve near the Spuyten Duyvil station, where the speeding train derailed.
Another newly installed precaution will automatically apply the emergency brakes if the train is going above the 30-mile-per-hour speed limit at that curve.
Starting tomorrow, Metro-North will require conductors to stand beside engineers during every potentially dangerous curve and verbally confirm that speed limits are being followed.
The MTA says that within one year, alert systems will be installed in one-third of Metro-North trains that now have a manual safety switch known as a "dead man's pedal."
Those alerts are meant to ensure that engineers are awake at the controls.
Meanwhile, Sen. Charles Schumer says that the Metro-North derailment might have been prevented if safety precautions recommended five years ago had been in place.
Schumer is pushing for the MTA to install all Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road trains with cameras to monitor all crew activity.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommended the cameras after a 2008 train crash in California.
Speaking Sunday at Grand Central Terminal, Schumer called on the Federal Railroad Administration to require onboard cameras recording both the interior of the train and the tracks outside.
"Sometimes, the practical and simplest solutions go a long way," Schumer said. "These solutions are not very expensive. They've been proven to work in places where they were, and we're asking the Federal Railroad Administration to require it immediately of all of our railroads."
In response to Schumer's comments, the MTA says it is considering a number of measures to improve safety.