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US government orders rail safety review

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has launched a “comprehensive, focused” safety review of the New York & Atlantic Railway’s safety culture and management practices following a collision between a train and truck earlier this month.

The announcement follows FRA’s launch of an investigation into the 8 July train-truck collision at Maspeth Avenue in Queens, New York.

The safety analysis conducted by FRA will review NY&A Railway’s compliance with federal regulations, its operational practices and its overall safety culture.

“Rail safety is a responsibility DOT shares with the operators,” said secretary of transportation Anthony Foxx. “Railroads must adhere to the strict standards of safety set by FRA, and FRA must ensure and enforce compliance in order to protect lives. This safety review aims to do just that.”

“In this safety sweep of NY&A, FRA will provide recommendations on specific areas where the railroad must improve to meet the high safety standards FRA and the country expect,” Acting FRA Administrator Sarah Feinberg said.

Once the focused safety review is complete, FRA will issue a report that includes findings and recommendations. FRA will also evaluate NY&A Railway’s follow-up to the recommendations and determine if additional actions are necessary to strengthen safety at NY&A Railway.

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