MTA Plans Better Track Maintenance

Yesterday the MTA announced it will be planning better track maintenance after the Metro-North Railroad derailment in Bridgeport last month. News 12 Connecticut has more in this brief report:

Changes are in the works as a result of last month’s train derailment in Bridgeport.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said today it is planning better track maintenance and inspections, following a finding by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that an inspection before the derailment found problems with the tracks, but nothing was done.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal says the lack of action is unacceptable.

“There has to be a plan for the entire track system to make sure it is safe and reliable,” said Blumenthal. “That’s why Sen. Murphy and I will be pressing for strong measures.”

The NTSB plans to complete its investigation and release its final report on the derailment in about a year.

My initial question is why was nothing done after problems were found on the tracks prior to the derailment? Also why did it take a derailment to start planning for better track maintenance? Should heads roll for this? I can’t say for sure until a full report is released. However I am disturbed at the response as I would have assumed that such “better” plans were already in place!

xoxo Transit Blogger

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