Investigators believe the driver of a Metro-North Railroad train wasn’t fully alert moments before the train rounded a curve at almost three times the speed limit and jumped the tracks, killing four people and seriously injuring 11, said a person familiar with the probe.
New York’s Metro-North Railroad is shut down along the Hudson River after a train derailment caused the first passenger fatalities in the line’s 30-year history, renewing scrutiny of safety on one of the city’s major mass- transit arteries.
“It’s fair to say you’re going to have a tough commute in the morning,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned New York City commuters today at a news conference describing the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.
New York City residents returned to Manhattan streets, yellow taxis began plying their usual routes and equity markets planned to open after Irene passed through as a tropical storm, less severe than the hurricane local officials feared.
Amtrak will provide limited Acela Express and Northeast Regional service between Washington and Boston today, marking a partial restoration of Northeast Corridor service for the first time since Oct. 28, when Atlantic superstorm Sandy approached the U.S. East Coast.
A 30-member unit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Metro-North railroad abused overtime rules to inflate compensation by almost $1 million and future pension payments by $5.5 million, an audit by New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli showed.