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MTA board meets with Metro-North, LIRR employees on safety improvements

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MTA announces immediate safety improvements in light of deadly Metro-North derailment

The board met with Metro-North, LIRR employees to discuss safety improvements implemented after the deadly derailment.

NEW YORK (PIX11) –  MTA Board members are questioning staff from Metro-North and Long Island Railroads about safety improvements that are being put in place after the fatal derailment Dec. 1.

Safety additions are being made above what the current regulations require. Older trains will be retrofitted with speed sensors that will alert the engineer. Crew members will also be in contact with each other at areas where speed restrictions are in place.

MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast says New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged support and finding to pay for additional controls. The biggest project required by Congress by December 2015 is estimated to cost the MTA almost $1 billion. Projects have been in progress since the regulations were passed in 2008.

Chairman Prendergast says agencies across the system will review and implement safety precautions, including the subways.

PIX11 Reporter Greg Mocker is at the meeting and will have a report tonight.