The Federal Rail Administration (FRA) has been busy over the last couple of weeks. Last week, in the wake of the December 1st commuter rail tragedy in New York it announced an emergency order concerning Metro-North Commuter Rail’s speed compliance. Article here.
On Wednesday, it issued an industry-wide advisory regarding speed restrictions. Article here.
Yesterday, it announced that it will be performing a 60-day compressive safety assessment of Metro-North. The assessment has been named “Operation Deep Dive” and will begin on December 16, 2013. It will involve FRA technical and human factors experts that will review safety-critical procedures and processes at Metro-North. Once the assessment is completed, the FRA will issue a report with findings and recommendations. The FRA’s press release regarding Operation Deep Dive can be found here.
By Matt Darby