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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-96-011
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Synopsis: AT 2:39 P.M. ON 2/9/95, METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY/YORK CITY TRANSIT (NYCT) NORTHBOUND M LINE SUBWAY TRAIN COLLIDED WITH THE REAR CAR OF A STOPPED NYCT B LINE SUBWAY TRAIN. THE COLLISION OCCURRED ON ELEVATED TRACK ABOUT 1,011 FEET SOUTH OF THE NINTH AVENUE STATION IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, FOUR NYCT EMPLOYEES & 11 PASSENGERS SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. THE BOARD HAS REVIEWED THE 7/26/90, NYCT REAR-END COLLISION THAT INVOLVED KEYING BY WITHOUT PERMISSION IN WHICH THE TRACK, SIGNAL, & TRAINS WERE THE SAME AS IN THIS FEBRUARY 1995 COLLISION. THE RTO WAS INFORMED BY MEMORANDUM AFTER THE NYCT INVESTIGATION THAT THE COLLISION WAS CAUSED "BY THE FAILURE OF THE OPERATOR, OPERATING THE M TRAIN, TO ADHERE TO THE OPERATING RULES RELATIVE TO PASSING RED SIGNALS, & PASSING RED SIGNALS, & FAILING TO PAY PROPER ATTENTION TO THE OPERATION OF THE TRAIN" & WAS ISSUED A RECOMMENDATION BY THE OFFICE OF SYSTEM SAFETY TO "INSTRUCT LOCAL SUPERVISORS TO INCREASE THEIR OBSERVATION OF OPERATOR'S PERFORMANCE IN THEIR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY AS A DETERRENT TO IMPROPER TRAIN OPERATION." AFTER THE 3/10/89, REAR-END COLLISION AT THE 103RD STREET STATION, THE BOARD ASKED THE NYCT IN R-90-4 TO CONDUCT RANDOM TESTING, USING RADAR GUNS, OF TRAIN SPEED, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS GIVEN TO THOSE LOCATIONS WHERE SPEED RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT, THE NYCT RESPONDED THAT "OPERATORS ARE REGULARLY MONITORED FOR THEIR ADHERENCE TO POSTED SPEED LIMITS; WE WILL, MANPOWER PERMITTING, INTENSIFY OUR EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT SPEED RESTRICTIONS ARE STRICTLY OBEY."
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY/YORK CITY TRANSIT: INCLUDE OVERSPEED PROTECTED & POSITIVE TRAIN SEPARATION IN THE MODERNIZATION OF THE SIGNAL SYSTEM.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: BROOKLYN, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA95MR001
Accident Reports: Collision and Derailment of Two Subway Trains Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
Report #: RAR-96-01
Accident Date: 2/9/1995
Issue Date: 3/27/1996
Date Closed: 10/15/1996
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Signals, Positive Train Control, Transit

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
Date: 10/15/1996
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED THAT NYCT HAS COMMITTED TO INCLUSION OF OVERSPEED PROTECTION IN ITS MODERNIZATION PROGRAM & THAT THE PILOT INSTALLATION OF COMMUNICATION BASED TRAIN CONTROL WILL INCLUDED POSITIVE TRAIN SEPARATION & CONTINUOUS OVERSPEED PROTECTION. BASED ON THIS INFO THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-96-11 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit
To: NTSB
Date: 5/22/1996
Response: MR. LAWRENCE G. REUTER, PRESIDENT, METRO TRANSIT AUTHORITY, NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT RESPONDED ON 5/22/96. NYCT IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A PILOT INSTALLATION OF COMMUNICATION BASED TRAIN CONTROL (CBTC) WHIC INCLUDES POSITIVE TRAIN SEPARATION & CONTINUOUS OVERSPEED PROTECTION. UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE PILOT, THE CBTC SYSTEM WILL BECOME THE NYCT STANDARD FOR FUTURE SIGNAL MODERNIZATION PROJECTS.