Road Warrior read-in: Metro-North resumes after crash
Here's a quick hit of what Road Warrior editors are reading.
Following Sunday's fatal derailment in the Bronx, Metro-North service on Wednesday was scheduled to resume at 98 percent service levels. The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a letter calling for mandatory safety retraining of Metro-North workers and a new and confidential safety reporting system, Bloomerberg News reports. And as the investigation continues, it will be without the input of the Association of Commuter Rail Employees, NPR reports. The union has been booted by investigators who cited a breach of confidentiality on the part of union leader Anthony Bottalico, who told media that train engineer William Rockefeller said he "was nodding off and caught himself too late."
Update: The Department Of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration has also provided the letter to CNBC, in which it says "4 serious accidents in less than 7 months is simply unacceptable."
Wednesday is New York City's third holiday gridlock alert day of the season, as declared by the Department of Transportation. Not only is it a Broadway matinee day; the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is being lighted in a two-hour ceremony starting at 7 p.m. EST. The remaining gridlock alert days are:
- Friday, Dec. 6
- Thursday, Dec. 12
- Friday, Dec. 13
- Wednesday, Dec. 18
- Thursday, Dec. 19
- Friday, Dec. 20
The Transportation Security Administration said Indianapolis International Airport will become the first application site for its Pre-check Application Program, USA Today reports.
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Britain is considering selling its 40 percent stake in the cross-channel rail operator Eurostar as part of a privatization plan, according to The Guardian.
SpaceX on Tuesday successfully launched its first Falcon 9 rocket, and sent a commercial satellite where no SpaceX payload has gone before: 22,000 miles up, into geostationary orbit, NBCNews reports.