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Half of Metro-North safety reforms already in place

NEW YORK – Of the 27 actions the Federal Railroad Administration told Metro-North to implement after the fatal December 1, 2013 train derailment in the Bronx, the railroad announced Thursday it has put 14 of them in place already.

Another five are in progress and eight more are being developed.

Railroad spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said they all boil down to one goal for the commuter line.

“It is a safe railroad; we wouldn’t operate trains if we didn’t think it was safe, but we need to absolutely nail down in the minds of every employee that safety is number one,” Anders said.

Key components of the reforms include safety stand-downs; an enhanced employee protection system; speed reductions; alerters on railcars; positive train control and cab cameras; implementing the Confidential Close Call Reporting System; and automated track inspections.