FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked Metro-North Railroad to provide an action plan addressing safety issues on its tracks after a fatal train derailment Sunday morning in the Bronx, N.Y.
In addition, Malloy asked Tuesday that the report from the track inspection after the Bridgeport derailment in May be provided immediately, as well as monthly reports of all track, bridge, signal, power, equipment inspections and maintenance actions.
In a letter to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metro-North, the governor said in a statement, “Connecticut has invested, and continues to invest, billions in our rail infrastructure, something that I continue to support. However, given many recent events there is understandably a negative public perception of the railroad infrastructure and state of good repair, coupled with deep concerns for our safety.
"While I know that our rail lines meet or exceed the minimum safety requirements set by the Federal Railroad Administration, our goal must go well beyond the minimum.”
Malloy has requested that the action plan address communication, safety reporting, inspection and maintenance programs, remedial short-term action plans, and long-term capital investment programs to upgrade the infrastructure.
“Too often, there seems to be an insufficient sense of urgency in communicating news and updates among senior management when an incident occurs,” he said. “When major incidents occur, immediate communication with officials at every level of government is critical.