METRO-NORTH SAYS IT'S COMPLETED MOST SAFETY STEPS

Hartford - Metro-North Railroad says it's completed most of its priorities to improve safety.

In a 100-day "action plan" released Wednesday, the commuter rail line said it's established an investigation unit to look into the causes of accidents, overhauled a safety plan, reviewed and improved employee training programs and made other changes.

Metro-North said it must still install "alerter" devices on trains later this year. The alerters are designed to ensure engineers remain responsive.

The Federal Railroad Administration said in March that the nation's second-largest commuter railroad allowed safety to erode while pushing to keep its trains on time. The agency responded to a derailment Dec. 1 that killed four passengers.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the report has taken longer than he wanted, but that Metro-North is making the railroad safer.

- Associated Press

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