NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Metro-North has hired an outside firm to review its track maintenance and inspection programs following last month’s derailment outside of Bridgeport.

The New Haven Register reports ( ) the railroad sent a letter to several members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation outlining its response to the accident, which left more than 70 people injured.

The railroad told lawmakers it has hired Transportation Technology Center Inc., the research affiliate of the American Association of Railroads, to assess its maintenance and inspection programs, and to identify improvements that can be made.

It also has inspected all joint bars similar to the one found broken at the accident site, and is using special geometry car to inspect its tracks in Connecticut, taking key measurements such as track height and the distance between rails.

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