Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

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  by hcobin
 
News release from Gov. Dannel Malloy's office:

GOV. MALLOY RECEIVES REPORT ON METRO-NORTH SAFETY INVESTMENTS/ENHANCEMENTS
MTA Promises to Return to Regular Train Service by April

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today received a report from MTA Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut on recent infrastructure, technology and safety actions on the system. The report was issued in response to a December 3 letter that Governor Malloy sent to the MTA requesting a full accounting of actions taken to address key issues following a series of incidents in 2013, including two passenger train derailments in Connecticut and New York – one of them fatal – and the death of a track worker in West Haven, Connecticut.

After reviewing the report, Governor Malloy said, “I want to thank the MTA and Metro-North Railroad for their response to our request. Our mutual goal is the same – a ‘best in class’ railroad with a commitment to a culture of safety, and I believe we are making strides toward that goal. I am anxious to return to normal service for the thousands of commuters that use this service on a daily basis, and hope the MTA will beat their April deadline.”

The report provides details on each of the actions and also commits MTA/Metro-North to ongoing monthly reporting on track, signal, equipment and other inspections along with reports on the safety condition of the system. These include:

• Track maintenance and inspection programs and procedures
• New train dispatching and employee protection protocols
• Speed enforcement technology and practices
• Track and safety departments’ organizational capabilities and structure
• Programs and training related to overall safety and the safety culture at Metro-North

In addition, it promises a return – by April if not sooner – to the regular weekday train schedule that was in effect before the May 17 derailment and collision of two trains at the Bridgeport/Fairfield border on the New Haven Line. Since that derailment, “slow orders” have been imposed, reducing train speeds and adding minutes to virtually every train schedule.

Along with the Metro-North’s own review, the U.S. Department of Transportation has sent in a team to examine internal Metro-North operations, maintenance and policies, and will likely make additional recommendations.

DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker said he was satisfied with the MTA report and the actions taken to date by the railroad, but encouraged Metro-North to implement schedule improvements as soon as possible.

The New Haven Line, with more than 125,000 passenger trips every weekday, is the busiest line in America. It is operated by Metro-North under a contract with the DOT, which owns the line and its three branches.

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  by Jeff Smith
 
It's usually railfans asking "will the cars be repaired?" In this case, it's the: Hartford Courant
Metro-North And Connecticut DOT Face $22 Million Tab In 2013 Bridgeport Derailment
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Connecticut taxpayers and Metro-North will pay nearly $22 million to replace or repair the nearly new train cars damaged in a 2013 derailment and wreck in Bridgeport.

Three M-8 cars were complete write-offs and four others are undergoing extensive repairs, according to the state transportation department.
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Metro-North has ordered replacements for the three demolished cars for a total cost of $10.95 million, or $3.65 million per car. Kawasaki, which built the modern M-8 fleet in Lincoln, Neb., got the contract for the replacements.

Metro-North and the DOT have also contracted with Kawasaki to complete heavy repair work to four damaged cars.

"The estimate on the remaining four cars is $5.8 million, assuming no additional issues come up during the repair process," a DOT spokesman said.

Metro-North and Connecticut are also buying 12 new wheel assemblies - known as trucks - for the fleet for a total of $5.2 million. About $1.7 million worth of that equipment is needed for repairing the cars damaged in the derailment, and the rest will become part of the spare parts inventory.
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  by DutchRailnut
 
seems like a news rehash, seen this months ago ?? slow news day ??
  by Jeff Smith
 
Just catching up; it was still more recent than the last post in the thread.
  by Backshophoss
 
Sent to Frontier at last,but why bother to shrink wrap the hulks,there's no more legal hold on them.
  by GirlOnTheTrain
 
I guess the argument could also be made "why bother unwrapping them"? :)

I don't think they shrink wrapped them until they were done and waiting to get the ok to get rid of them, given how long they sat in Bridgeport yard with tarps flapping in the breeze.
  by DutchRailnut
 
there are 4 flatcars, no 1 with wrapped M-8, no 2 with M-4 D car, no 3 with wrapped M-8 and no 4 with wrapped M-8.

the cars were wrapped quite a while go , and why would you unwrap them and get poor publicity.
  by chrisf
 
GirlOnTheTrain wrote:Chrisf, then do tell us what is under the plastic?
It's hard to tell what the white objects are next to the old car. I suppose they could be railcars, but it's awfully hard to tell from that photo.
  by DutchRailnut
 
We are telling you what is under the shrink wrap .
the 3 wrecked M-8's from Bridgeport derailment.
  by expbusop
 
Minus trucks, underfloor equipment and roof housing, sure looks like M-8 carbody to me.
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