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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