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Schumer calls for probe of railroad glitches in NY

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Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) says the recent breakdowns and delays on New York City subways and commuter rails is due to the extreme heat.

Schumer during a Sunday press conference said he'll ask the federal government to step in and find a solution to a problem and believes it's getting worse.

In the last three months, there have been at least three breakdowns and the recent delays have affected Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North. The senator says federal investigators should be put in place to protect the systems from heat-related glitches. On Friday, a freight train derailed on Metro-North's Hudson line.

Schumer is specifically asking the TRB and NTSB to look into the impacts of the changing climate on railroad infrastructure, especially vulnerable electric wires, transformers, and tracks to determine what changes need to be made in an era of increasingly high temperatures.

"It is clear that high temperatures have a devastating effect on our transit system, and we need to look at ways to mitigate that, just as we are doing with storms and floods," said Schumer. "This month alone, New York and New Jersey have experienced at least three heat-related train issues and with

commuters paying so much in transit costs, these delays and derailments need to be avoided as much as possible. The feds have the resources and expertise to look at these incidents, and others, together and to make specific recommendations so that are system is better protected."

Extreme heat can often impact rail systems and equipment causing "heat kinks" and droopy overhead lines. Aboveground tracks are at higher risk of warping during high temperatures.

A Metro-North spokeswoman said heat may have been a contributing factor. In May, 60 people were injured when a Metro-North train derailed in Connecticut.

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