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Thread: 4 Dead in Metro-North Train Derailment in the Bronx

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    Looking forward to hearing from WNY's top Metro North cheerleader/apologist (you know who you are)

    Wall Street Journal

    1:12 pm
    Jan 24, 2014

    Metro-North Outage Caused by Workers Disconnecting Power

    A two-hour service outage on three busy lines of the Metro-North Railroad Thursday night was triggered when workers disconnected a power supply to the railroad’s control center, officials said Friday.

    The workers were disconnecting one of the two main power supply units that provide electricity to the control center, the computerized heart of the railroad, where controllers monitor and protect the movement of trains across the 384-mile rail network.
    The crew didn’t realize that a wire on the other main supply unit was already disconnected at the time, said Thomas Prendergast, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. As a result of that oversight, the move to cut power to the first supply unit “destabilized” the power system for the control center for more than an hour, Mr. Prendergast said in a written statement Friday afternoon.

    “Last night’s failure was unacceptable, pure and simple,” he said. “The project should have been analyzed for risks and redundancy before it began, and it should not have been performed when thousands of customers were trying to get home in cold weather.”

    The power failure at the control center, around 7:45 p.m., immediately brought the railroad to a standstill, as large crowds built at Grand Central Terminal, awaiting word on delayed or cancelled trains.

    Without power to the control center, rail controllers couldn’t monitor the signals on the railroad — a critical function that allows trains to move along tracks and through interlockings without colliding.

    More than 50 trains were stopped after the failure, Mr. Prendergast said. Controllers ordered each train’s engineers to proceed to the nearest station to wait out the outage, the MTA said, though some were not permitted to move through interlockings until supervisors could be sure that the switches were properly aligned, to avoid accidents.

    None of the stopped trains were without light, heat or power during the stoppage, the MTA said, and they began to run again by 9:30 p.m. “Full control” over the signal system wasn’t restored until 10:30 p.m., according to the MTA.

    Mr. Prendergast fielded a call Friday morning from Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, whose state’s commuters rely heavily on Metro-North’s New Haven line. Mr. Malloy said, through a spokesman, that he had “expressed my anger and frustration” to Mr. Prendergast, and asked that he name an independent authority to advise on maintenance operations like the power project — a step the MTA said it plans to take.

    “The power outage on the New Haven Line last evening was totally avoidable and frankly, unfathomable given that it occurred due to inappropriate actions on the part of Metro-North,” Mr. Malloy said. “On behalf of the thousands of Connecticut citizens who rely on this crucial rail service every day, I am outraged that any maintenance procedure would be performed on the signal control system during the peak evening commuter period.”

    “Metro-North customers deserve better, and I extend my sincere apology to all of them,” Mr. Prendergast said.

  2. #92


    Connecticut Post

    Metro-North employee charged in on-board sex assault

    Posted on January 28, 2014 | By Jonathan Lucas

    The man arrested on a sex assault charge on a female customer aboard a New Haven Line train in Fairfield this morning was a Metro-North employee, according to MTA police.
    Charges are pending against Manny Ramos, 34, of Brooklyn,N.Y. who was hired as a coach cleaner in October 2011 and has been in the engineer training program since March 2013, Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said.
    MTA police sources said the victim reported waking up to discover Ramos standing in front of her and masturbating.
    Police have recovered semen from the incident to test for a match with Ramos, according to the sources.
    The incident allegedly occurred on the 7:35 a.m. train from Grand Central due into New Haven at 9:36 a.m. The female customer reported the incident to the train crew and they held the train at the Fairfield Station to await police and medical assistance, according to Anders. The train was released 54 minutes later to continue its trip, she said.
    Ramos was immediately suspended without pay, pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings.
    Fairfield Police and MTA Police responded and searched the train and the area around the station and apprehended Ramos who was identified by the victim after he was caught on a nearby street, Anders said.
    Arraignment details were not immediately available, Anders said.

  3. #93


    The engineer who fell asleep is now speaking out

    What a disgusting piece of shit.

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