U.S. Sens. call on NTSB to review passenger railroads in wake of recent incidents

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New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority police guard Platform C at Atlantic Terminal after a Jan. 4 derailment of a Long Island Rail Road commuter train.
Joseph M. Calisi
NEWARK, N.J. — U.S. Senators from New Jersey and New York are calling on the National Transportation Safety Board to review safety standards for all passenger railroads.

In a joint-letter addressed to the chairman of the NTSB, several U.S. Senators noted the slow progress railroads are making in implementing sleep apnea testing procedures and inward facing camera technology.

The call-to-action is in response to last week’s Long Island Rail Road incident in Brooklyn and a similar incident on New Jersey Transit in Hoboken last September. In both instances, train operators had trouble remembering what had taken place in the seconds leading up to the derailments.

"What's even more concerning than the slow progress railroads are making, is an apparent growing trend of railroads pledging to implement sleep apnea testing and inward cameras only after a derailment has occurred," the lawmakers stated in their letter to the NTSB. 

While the Brooklyn incident remains under investigation, safety officials did cite operator fatigue and sleep apnea in last September’s incident in Hoboken.

U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) signed the letter.

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