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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-14-008
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Synopsis: On Sunday, December 1, 2013, at 7:19 a.m. eastern standard time, southbound Metro-North passenger train 8808 derailed at milepost 11.35 on track number 2 of the Metro-North Hudson Line. The train originated in Poughkeepsie, New York, with a destination of Grand Central Station in New York City. It consisted of seven passenger cars and one locomotive at the rear in a push configuration. All seven passenger cars and the locomotive derailed. The derailment occurred in a 6° left curve, where the maximum authorized speed was 30 mph. Event recorder data indicated that the train was traveling at 82 mph when it derailed. As a result of the derailment, 4 passengers died and 4 crewmembers and 55 persons were transported to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Metro-North estimated there were about 115 passengers on the train at the time of the derailment. Damage was estimated by Metro-North to be $9 million. The weather at the time of the accident was reported as 39°F with cloudy skies.
Recommendation: TO METRO NORTH RAILROAD: Require the installation, in all controlling locomotive cabs and cab car operating compartments of crash-and fire-protected inward-and outward-facing audio and image recorders capable of providing recordings to verify that train crew actions are in accordance with rules and procedures that are essential to safety as well as train operating conditions. The devices should have a minimum 12-hour continuous recording capability with recordings that are easily accessible for review, with appropriate limitations on public release, for the investigation of accidents or for use by management in carrying out efficiency testing and systemwide performance monitoring programs.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Open - Acceptable Response
Mode: Railroad
Location: Bronx, NY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA14MR002
Accident Reports: ​Metro-North Railroad Derailment
Report #: RAB-14-12
Accident Date: 12/1/2013
Issue Date: 2/18/2014
Date Closed:
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Metro North Railroad (Open - Acceptable Response)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: Metro North Railroad
To: NTSB
Date: 5/10/2018
Response: -From Joseph J. Lhota, Chairman: As of February 28, 2018, MNR has completed installation on 33% of its fleet and will continue aggressive installation throughout the calendar year. Consequently, beginning on January 1, 2019, MNR will operate trains only from locomotives and control cabs that have inward- and outwardfacing audio and image recording devices. Although this recommendation was issued strictly to MNR, the LIRR is also installing inward- and outward-facing audio and image recording devices its fleet.

From: NTSB
To: Metro North Railroad
Date: 7/23/2015
Response: We understand that Metro-North awarded a contract for the installation of audio and image recording devices to address Safety Recommendations R-14-8 and -9, and that design work began on March 3, 2015. We also understand that you expect to begin installing these devices early in 2016. Pending completion of the recommended actions, Safety Recommendations R-14-8 and -9 are classified OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: Metro North Railroad
To: NTSB
Date: 4/24/2015
Response: -From Joseph J. Giulietti, President: Attached is our September 26th response to R-14-07. Each of the actions mentioned in our submission have been completed. In addition Metro-North has reviewed all MP markers to ensure accuracy and consistency with its timetable. This will assist engineers in identifying the locations of speed changes on the system. Our trains are capable of operating at 6” of cant deficiency safely. In a conservative approach, based on track geometry, and the analysis performed, signs were placed at all locations where greater than 5” exists. Metro-North has completed the installation of all permanent speed signs and all open signal system modifications for lowered speeds. In addition, we continue to utilize our speed compliance program as a method of ensuring engineer compliance with Maximum Authorized Speed (MAS). This program utilizes a combination of radar checks, on-board observations and event recorder reviews. The event recorder reviews have been enhanced using GPS coordinates reducing the time to perform a review from 90 minutes to approximately 5 minutes. We request that this recommendation be classified as “Closed – Acceptable Action.” We thank the NTSB for its consideration of this request. If there is any additional information you need, we will be happy to provide it. Metro-North has awarded a contract to SEPSA for the installation of audio and image recording devices. Design efforts began on March 3, 2015. The design is expected to meet or exceed the NTSB recommendations. Prototype units are expected by the end of 2015 with production and installation beginning in early 2016. We thank the NTSB for its consideration of this submission and we will continue to update you on our progress. If there is any additional information you need, we will be happy to provide it.

From: NTSB
To: Metro North Railroad
Date: 1/14/2015
Response: Safety Recommendations R-14-8 and 9, which were not addressed in your September 24, 2014, update or in our November 19, 2014, Board Meeting, remain classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE pending completion of the recommended actions.

From: NTSB
To: Metro North Railroad
Date: 6/26/2014
Response: We note that you have received authorization from the MTA Board to proceed with the procurement process for forward facing and operator-facing cameras for the locomotives and operating cabs of the M 7 and M 8 equipment on both Metro North and the Long Island Rail Road. This will include audio and image recording of both the interior and exterior of the locomotives and operating cabs, with more than 12 hours of continuous recording capability. However, we understand that you are planning to install forward- and outward-facing audio and image recorders only in your M-7 and M-8 equipment. The intent of our recommendation is for you to install these devices on your entire fleet. Accordingly, we ask that you reconsider your plans and we look forward to receiving additional information on Metro-North’s plan and schedule for equipping the remainder of the fleet with outward- and inward-facing audio and image recorders. Pending our receipt of your reply and completion of these efforts, Safety Recommendation R-14-8 is classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: Metro North Railroad
To: NTSB
Date: 5/14/2014
Response: -From Joseph J. Giulietti, President: Metro-North has received authorization from the MTA Board, for both Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road, to proceed with the procurement process for forward- facing and operator-facing cameras for the locomotives and operating cabs of its M-7 and M-8 equipment. The specifications include audio and image recording of both the interior and exterior of the locomotives and operating cabs with more than 12-hours of continuous recording capability. Installation of the equipment is anticipated to take place concurrently with installation of PTC equipment, which is currently on a proposed accelerated installation schedule.