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Martin Cassidy

OSHA fines Metro-North for disciplining workers under attendance policy

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor has found Metro-North Railroad violated anti-discrimination laws by disciplining workers who stayed home to follow doctor’s orders. [Read More]

Tri-State residents want focus on repairing region’s transportation troubles

More than 98 percent of tri-state area residents think the current state of the region’s transportation network is in need of urgent repairs, and were open to congestion price tolls, according to a recent survey by the HNTB Corporation. [Read More]

Inspector General’s report details time card abuses of foremen and other trades at Metro-North last year

A report released last week by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Office of the Inspector General documents the use of company time for personal errands and other abuses by foremen and other maintenance of way trade workers at Metro-North Railroad. During the five month period of surveillance from April through August 2013 every foreman investigated in […] [Read More]

Blumenthal to convene hearing on rail watchdog agencies

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal-D-Conn will preside early next month over a hearing with federal rail regulators about boosting inspection protocols and potential heavier fines against railroads like Metro-North when deteriorating tracks or violations of safety rules are found, he announced Tuesday. [Read More]

The Connecticut Commuter Rail Council gets new website

    The Connecticut Commuter Rail Council has set up a new website right here. The group which is made up of members appointed by leadership of the state General Assembly and the governor is charged with serving as an independent representative of commuter interests on all rail lines in the state.       [Read More]

Metro-North sets up workaround system for signals in Cos Cob

By the end of the year Metro-North hopes to replace railroad signal equipment in the Cos Cob section of track damaged in a fire earlier this month that has led to weeks of delays through the area, the railroad announced Tuesday. [Read More]

95 reasons to ride Metro-North

Here is a newish pop-up advertisement I spied on various Connecticut news web-sites including the Advocate’s own.

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Sen. Blumenthal in West Haven today to announce new hearing on rail safety enforcement

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal-D-Conn is planning to announce another subcommittee meeting to question federal transportation safety officials including the Federal Railroad Administration about higher standards and bigger fines when lapses are found in track or other infrastructure. [Read More]

Metro-North waiving on-board ticket fee during Monday credit and debit outage

Due to a system-wide credit and debit outage at Metro-North ticket vending machines, the on-board ticket purchase fee is being waived. [Read More]

National Transportation Safety Board calls on Metro-North to boost inspection of individual tracks

The National Transportation Safety Board revealed Monday that a Metro-North track inspectors scanning inspection of tracks by eye two days before a derailment in Bridgeport a year ago were not close enough to spot a piece of badly joined rail that would break apart two days later. [Read More]