NJ Transit To Conduct Top-To-Bottom Safety Review

CBS New York

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — In the wake of a commuter rail crash in New York that killed four people and left dozens injured, New Jersey Transit will undergo internal and external reviews of its safety practices and procedures.

At its monthly board meeting Tuesday, the agency approved spending nearly a half-million dollars on an outside consultant to conduct a comprehensive safety review. New Jersey Transit also is forming a 17-member internal committee to look at safety issues.

Officials said the efforts were spurred by a report on the Dec. 1 derailment of a Metro-North train in the Bronx. Four passengers were killed, and about 70 more were injured.

The Federal Railroad Administration said in a report issued last month that Metro-North had created a culture that sacrificed safety for on-time performance, and it ordered the railroad to “prioritize safety above all else.”

Veronique Hakim, New Jersey’s new executive director…

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