Investigators in the Bronx train derailment are poring over engineer William Rockefeller's every move before the crash - from his breakfast choice that morning to his actions seconds before the cars left the track.
Among the many mysteries investigators hope to solve is a crucial question: Why was the train barreling down the tracks at 82 mph — almost triple the 30 mph speed limit in that... » more
Speed-control system could stop train derailments, experts say BY ALFONSO A. CASTILLO
An accident-prevention system required by Congress but resisted by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would stop a train from speeding through a sharp curve and potentially derailing, experts said.
After years of rejecting the need for the system known as Positive Train Control, or PTC, the MTA... » more
The Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx was going more than 80 mph when it was supposed to slow down drastically for a sharp curve, an NTSB investigator said Monday.
“The preliminary information from the event recorders shows that the train was traveling at approximately 82 mph as it went into a 30 miles an hour curve,” NTSB board member Earl Weener said.
When asked why the... » more
As investigators examined the fatal Metro-North train wreck that the governor on Monday said may be "speed-related," members of the Bronx community where the crash took place announced plans for a memorial service.
Members of the Riverdale community will gather Monday at 6 p.m. at a site overlooking the Spuyten Duyvil train station to offer "prayers of healing" and "thanksgiving"... » more
Emergency responders, including NYPD, FDNY and MTA rescuers, climbed over rails and maneuvered rocky terrain with heavy equipment to reach trapped and injured passengers in a derailed Metro-North train in the Bronx and then carry them out on stretchers, officials said.
Rescuers were seen carrying chain saws and a ladder had been propped against one train car that had flipped on its side.
They... » more
It began with a screech and some shaking, then an arc out toward the water, settling close to where the Hudson and Harlem rivers meet.
Passenger cars tumbled off the track. Some people were thrown from the train, others grabbed on to whatever they could until the crunch of glass and shriek of twisting metal came to stop on the 5:54 a.m. Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central... » more
Sunday's Metro-North train derailment - the third on the railroad's tracks this year and the fifth involving a Metropolitan Transportation Authority train - is raising concerns about MTA rail safety, including on the Long Island Rail Road.
The deadly derailment occurred in the same area of the Bronx where a CSX freight train came off the tracks in July. And in May, a Metro-North train derailed... » more
The MTA will be making overnight repairs to the F line this week, rerouting the trains in Manhattan and Brooklyn on four nights.
From Monday to Friday, beginning each night at 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the F train will run on the A line in both directions between West Fourth Street and Jay Street-Metrotech. That means F train service will be suspended at stations at Broadway-Lafayette Street, Second... » more
For holiday travelers staying in the New York City area this week, MTA buses and subways are running on a Sunday schedule as crews prepare the transit system for the winter storm.
With high winds and heavy rain expected Wednesday, the MTA will bring in extra workers, clear drains, securing equipment at yards and bus depots and ensure railroads are clear of trees and downed wires.
Meanwhile,... » more
The MTA's $1 "green fee" for new MetroCards is cutting down on the agency's "loose change" windfall from unused cash on old cards, the city's Independent Budget Office said Monday.
Doug Turetsky, chief of staff at the budget office, said the MTA's November financial plan issued last week shows that leftover money from MetroCards -- listed as "fare media liability" -- is expected to add up... » more