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Metro-North makes safety changes after Bronx derailment

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A federal railroad inspector accompanied by a Metro-North inspector measured track widths north of the Spuyten-Duyvil station in the Bronx Monday. On Friday, the Federal Railroad Administration issued an emergency order to Metro-North to modify existing signal systems to ensure speed limits are obeyed and two railroad employees operate trains on dangerous curves until the signal system is updated.

The MTA says signal systems by the Spuyten-Duyvil curve have been altered to give train engineers a warning if the train is speeding. Also, train brakes will automatically apply through radio-controlled signals if it is going more than the 30 mph speed limit.

The state-paid commuter advocate says the MTA is taking the accident and the federal emergency orders seriously.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also sent the MTA chairman he appointed a letter asking Metro-North enforce speed limits.

The railroad announced that by March signal protections will "automatically enforce speed restrictions" at four other critical curves: at Yonkers on the Hudson Line, White Plains on the Harlem Line, and Port Chester and Bridgeport on the New Haven Line.

Beginning Tuesday, Metro-North will require conductors be with engineers in the cab during critical curves and bridges and verbally acknowledge speed limits are being adhered to.

The MTA would not comment on camera or provide additional statements to us, but experts say these new measures should make Metro-North trains safer and that may restore some public confidence.

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