Just days after four people were killed when a Hudson Line train derailed while travelling at 82 miles an hour, Metro North is being ordered to take immediate steps to keep its trains below the speed limits. Until the signal system is updated, Metro North also must assign two qualified railroad employees to the locomotive of trains travelling in areas of major speed restrictions.
The emergency order from the Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration is effective immediately. By Tuesday, the railroad must provide a list of its main track locations where a speed reduction of 20 miles per hour or more is required.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says the emergency order is aimed at helping make sure that Metro-North trains “travel at appropriate, safe speeds.”