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NTSB calls for cameras on trains, new safety measures after deadly Metro-North disaster

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a series of safety recommendations to Metro-North calling for the use of inward- and outward-facing audio and image recorders and the installation of speed restriction signs along the right-of-ways.

Jeff Greenberg takes Metro-North everyday.  A ride doesn’t go by that he doesn’t think of the deadly derailment that happened back on December 1st.

“I worry almost everyday I’m on the train,” said Greenberg.

At a late press conference, Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Richard Blumenthal called on Metro-North to install cameras immediately.

“My reaction was that now maybe this is the extra push we need to get Metro-North to do this,” said Schumer, “It is not expensive and it will save lives.”

The derailment near the Spuyten-Duyvil station in the Bronx killed four people on board the Metro-North train and injured dozens more.  Union officials suggested the conductor may have nodded off.

In a statement Metro-North said:

“We have received the NTSB’s recommendations and we are studying them closely. Metro-North is working with the NTSB to address questions about implementation of the report’s recommendations.”

According to the NTSB, investigators learned that while Metro-North had posted signs for temporary speed restrictions throughout its rail property, it did not use signage for permanent speed restriction areas including the area where the accident occurred.

Since the accident, Metro-North has installed signage to aid operating crews at four locations with permanent speed restrictions, including the derailment area.

The NTSB believes that Metro-North should use a more systematic approach and install signage at all locations where permanent speed restrictions are in place.

The NTSB said Tuesday it has been advocating for inward and outward facing recorders for investigation and oversight purposes since 2007 and has previously made recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration and other railroads.