More than 75 people were injured this morning when a Long Island Rail Road train derailed at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, NBC New York reported. The train was arriving from Far Rockaway when it crashed at about 8:30 a.m. The train apparently failed to stop and hit the bumper block at the end of Track 6, the station reported. “Obviously the train is supposed to stop short of the bumping block,” the station quoted MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast as saying.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials on Friday took the first ride on the 7 line extension, six years after workers started construction. The $2.4 billion project, which is set to be completed next summer, is the first subway expansion project in more than six decades that is funded by the city. The extension of the 7 line is a key component of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, officials contend. With the roughly one-mile-long extension, the 7 line will continue to a new terminus near 34th Street and 11th Avenue on Manhattan’s Far West Side. Currently, the
U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein wants to step up efforts to install Positive Train Control (PTC) on the nation’s railroads. In a letter to U.S. John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Feinstein, D-Calif., says PTC could have prevented last weekend’s fatal Metro-North crash and also a 2008 Metrolink crash that killed 25. “According to experts at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), a properly functioning Positive Train Control crash avoidance system would very likely have prevented the deadly Metro-North derailment on Sunday,” Senator Feinstein wrote. “PTC systems would also have prevented the 2008 Southern California
With the revelation the engineer of the Metro-North train that crashed Sunday in the Bronx and killed four people might have zoned out just before the crash, the conversation has turned toward the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC). The train, which originated in Poughkeepsie, was due to arrive at Grand Central Terminal at 7:43 a.m., was traveling 82 m.p.h. as it took a curve with a speed limit of 30 m.p.h., according to various media reports. In addition to the four deaths, more than 60 others were injured when the Manhattan-bound Metro-North train derailed at about 7:20 a.m. just north