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Safety Recommendation R-96-020
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Synopsis: ABOUT 6:12 A.M. ON 6/5/95, A NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT (NYCT) SOUTHBOUND SUBWAY TRAIN TRAVELING AT MAXIMUM ATTAINABLE SPEED PASSED A RED SIGNAL & COLLIDED WITH THE REAR CAR OF ANOTHER NYCT SUBWAY TRAIN THAT WAS STOPPED ON THE WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE, WHICH SPANS THE EAST RIVER & WHICH LINKS THE BOROUGHS OF BROOKLYN & MANHATTEN. THE OPERATOR OF THE STRIKING TRAIN WAS FATALLY INJURED WHEN THE LEAD CAR OF HIS TRAIN PARTIALLY TELESCOPED INTO THE REAR CAR OF THE STRUCK TRAIN & HIS CAB WAS TOTALLY CRUSHED. SIXTY-SEVEN PASSENGERS & TWO EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WERE TREATED AT AREA HOSPITALS FOR SERIOUS OR MINOR INJURIES RESULTING FROM THE ACCIDENT.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FTA: IN COOPERATION WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TRANSIT ASSOCIATION, DEVELOP A FATIGUE EDUCATIONAL AWARENESS PROGRAM & DISTRIBUTE IT TO TRANSIT AGENCIES TO USE IN THEIR FITNESS-FOR-DUTY TRAINING FOR SUPERVISORS & EMPLOYEES INVOLVED IN SAFETY-SENSITIVE ACTIVITIES.
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 #: DCA95MR003
Accident Reports:
​Collision Involving Two New York City Subway Trains on the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, New York, June 5, 1995
Report #: RAR-96-03
Accident Date: 6/5/1995
Issue Date: 9/11/1996
Date Closed: 1/11/2000
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FTA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Fatigue, Training and Education

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FTA
Date: 1/11/2000
Response: THE SAFETY BOARD NOTES THAT THE FTA HAS DEVELOPED A FATIGUE AWARENESS PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY INSTITUTE'S (TSI'S) CORE CURRICULUM. BASED ON THE FTA'S RESPONSE, THE SAFETY BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-96-20 "CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION."

From: FTA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/1/1999
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 5/6/99 5:10:37 PM MC# 990477 FORMAL TRAINING COURSES IN FATIGUE AWARENESS TRAINING HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED BY THE DEPARTMENT'S TRANSPORTATION SAFETY AND THAT THE COURSES HAVE BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE INSTITUTE'S CORE CURICULUM AND ARE CONDUCTED ON A REGULAR BASIS.

From: NTSB
To: FTA
Date: 12/2/1997
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT PLANS ARE PROGRESSSING FOR YOUR FATIGUE SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD NEXT YEAR. HOPEFULLY, THE FTA WILL USE THE OPPORTUNITY AFFORDED BY THE SYMPOSIUM TO COLLECT DATA TO BE USED IN THE PROPOSED FATIGUE AWARENESS PROGRAM. THE BOARD IS LOOKING FORWARD TO REVIEWING YOUR PROPOSED FATIGUE AWARENESSS PROGRAM FOR THE TRANSIT AGENCIES TO USE. BASED ON YOUR LETTER, THE BOARD CONTINUES TO CLASSIFY R-96-20 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FTA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/3/1997
Response: GORDON LINTON FTA ADMINISTRATOR IN A LETTER DATED 9/3/97, STATED THAT FTA IS PROCEEDING WITH PLANS TO COOPERATE WITH APTA TO CONDUCT A FATIGUE SYMPOSIUM FOR TRANSIT OPERATORS. THE SYMPOSIUM IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR EARLY 1998. AN AGNEDA, A LIST OF SPEAKERS & A LIST OF VENDORS ARE BEING DEVELOPED & AVAILABLE MEETING FACILITIES ARE BEING IDENTIFIED. THE SYMPOSIUM WILL BE OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS & ORGANIZATIONS. DEVELOPMENT & DISTRIBUTION OF A FATIGUE AWARENESS PROGRAM IS CONTINGENT UPON AVAILABILITY OF FUNDING. WE WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED FOR OUR PROGRESS.

From: NTSB
To: FTA
Date: 8/14/1997
Response: THE BOARD IS LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOUR STAFF ABOUT THE PROPOSED FATIGUE AWARENESS PROGRAM. BASED ON YOUR LETTER, THE BOARD CONTINUES TO CLASSIFY R-96-20 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: FTA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/22/1997
Response: FTA STATED THAT APTA INTENDS TO DEVELOP AND DISTRIBUTE AN AWARENESS PROGRAM FOR THE TRANSIT INDUSTRY. FTA IS REVIEWING VARIOUS OPTIONS FOR THE FUNDING OF SUCH A PROGRAM SUCH AS UTILIZING THE TRB'S TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM OR SEEKING FUNDS TO UNDERTAKE A FATIGUE AWARENESS PLANNING AND RESEARCH PROGRAM.

From: NTSB
To: FTA
Date: 3/20/1997
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED THAT THE FTA HAS INDICATED IT AGREES WITH THE INTENT OF THIS RECOMMENDATION. HOWEVER, RECENT MEETING WITH APTA HAVE NOT INDICATED THAT ANY MEANINGFUL ACTIVITY HAS YET TAKEN PLACE TO DATE. WE WOULD APPRECIATE HEARING MORE ABOUT THE FTA'S PROGRESS IN IMPLEMENTING THIS RECOMMENDATION, PREFERABLY BY WAY OF A BRIEFING FROM YOUR STAFF. BASED ON YOUR LETTER, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-96-20 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE." WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.

From: FTA
To: NTSB
Date: 10/25/1996
Response: GORDON LINTON FTA ADMINISTRATOR IN A LETTER DATED 10/25/96, STATED THAT APTA IS PROCEEDING WITH PLANS TO COOPERATE WITH APTA & THE TRANSIT INDUSTRY TO DEFINE THE MAGNITUDE OF FATIGUE AS A FACTOR IN RAPID RAIL ACCIDENTS. WE WILL ALSO REVIEW SPECIFIC OPERATING PRACTICES & PROCEDURES RELATED TO FATIGUE PROBLEMS. WE WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED OF OUT PROGRESS.

From: NTSB
To: FTA
Date:
Response: At the 1990 Board meeting addressing the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements (MWL), the Board voted to place Safety Recommendations I-89-1 through I-89-3 and R-89-19 on the MWL under the issue category “Cross Modal Human Fatigue/ Hours-of-Work Policy.” Safety Recommendations H-95-1, A-94-194, A-95-113, A-97-71, A-99-45, I-99-1, H-99-19, R-91-45, R-91-47, R-91-48, R-96-20 through R-96-22, R-96-56, R-99-2, P-98-30, P-99-12, M-99-1, A-06-10, A-07-30, A-07-32, and A-08-44 were added to this category at later dates.