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Metro-North continues emphasis on rail safety

NEW YORK – For years, the Metro-North Railroad touted its on-time performance as a benchmark of its successful operation.

That changed after accidents last year, including the December derailment in the Bronx that killed four people on a train that had earlier departed from Poughkeepsie bound for New York.

Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti emphasized rail safety is priority number one when questioned by a board member at Monday’s monthly meeting.

“Even with all of the safety measures we are putting in, I said the on-time performance would not be the focus and I keep trying to avoid looking at the numbers because I want everybody focused on the safety end,” Giuletti said. “But, our on-time performance is improving every single month with all of the safety protocol going into place.”

Since the fatal December 1 train wreck, the federal government has imposed a number of new safety measures including slower speeds in certain areas as well as electronic monitoring equipment on the tracks and in engineer cabs.