Wilton Sen. Boucher Applauds NTSB Call For Safety Measures At Metro-North

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State Sen. Toni Boucher applauded the safety recommendations issued by the NTSB to Metro-North. Photo Credit: Contributed by State Sen. Toni Boucher

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) is endorsing the National Transportation Safety Board's safety recommendations for Metro-North in the wake of a fatal derailment in December in the Bronx, N.Y. 

The NTSB's recommendations included the addition audio and image recorders and the installation of permanent speed limit signs.

“The National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations for inward and outward facing audio and image recorders on Metro-North trains and the installation of speed restrictions signs at key points along the tracks are good precautionary steps," Boucher said in a statement. "However, there are still many unanswered questions regarding human error and possible issues of negligence on the line."

In addition to an NTSB investigation, the Federal Railroad Administration is also doing a 60-day probe into Metro-North called “Operation Deep Dive.” The findings of that evaluation are to be presented to Congress on March 17.

Metro North’s new president, Joseph Giulietti, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's chairman are scheduled to appear before the Connecticut General Assembly’s Transportation Committee on Thursday, Feb. 27, in Hartford.

Boucher represents Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton in the state Senate.

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