Safety & Reliability Update
(Posted Winter 2017)
Metro-North remains committed to the goal of rebuilding the railroad's organizational culture and its physical plant so that safety is the foundation of everything we do, enabling us to continue to move forward and improve our service reliability.
Metro-North has reported on numerous reforms already implemented or currently underway to ensure the safety of our customers and employees. (View the Archive section at the bottom of the page)
Safety improvements we are implementing in the near future include:
- Installing video and audio recording devices in railcars began in 2016 with initial testing. Final camera design, production and installation to begin in 2017.
- Installing Positive Train Control (PTC), which is regarded as the most modern type of train protection, with the initial pilot segments implemented on the New Haven and Hudson Lines last year and testing taking place in 2017.
- Installing an Autonomous Track Geometry Measurement Systems on M7 and, M8 railcar and a diesel-hauled coach took place in 2016. Testing and commissioning of the equipment will take place in 2017, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration.
- Awarding contract for a Track Geometry Testing Vehicle in 2016 with design reviews and fabrication continuing in 2017.
We realize necessary track work-either scheduled or unplanned-increases the probability of train delays as we continue to focus on safety and work to bring the infrastructure to a state of good repair. That is why we have reviewed and revised train schedules to ensure sufficient windows exist to perform track maintenance. This sometimes means adding time to a train's schedule during weekends and off-peak periods. We recognize the impact that track work has on the railroad's ability to provide reliable service. However, the track work and the resulting service declines are a consequence of our focus on the safety of our system.
We have accomplished a lot but we need to do much more to rebuild the railroad's physical plant. And we believe some short-term delays resulting from these efforts are worth attaining that goal.
We appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers as we carry out these critical projects. Our track work program will not only make our system safer; it is also an investment in the future reliability of our system, which is something that our customers rightfully expect.
We will continue to update this information on a regular basis so that you can monitor the progress being made by our efforts.
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