According to a recent Greenwich Time report, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Metro-North Railroad committee has appointed a new Chief Safety Officer, who has plans to use railway software to improve safety for passengers and workers.
Anne Kirsch, who had previously served as the railroad’s Chief Safety and Security Officer, will assume the new post and one of her first moves will be to implement new computer software that will require redundant confirmations between track workers and rail traffic controllers when opening and closing stretches of track. These steps are being taken to increase railway safety following recent issues which include a major derailment in Bridgeport, Conn. last year which injured 76 and killed a track worker.
Chairman and CEO of the MTA, Thomas F. Prendergast, said in a recent MTA press release, “The safety of our customers and employees is unquestionably the top priority for the MTA, and these steps will make sure this emphasis on safety is built into the operations of every MTA agency. The events of the last year have made clear to everyone in the MTA how important it is to create a culture where all employees act to eliminate risks, and changing our executive structure will ensure safety remains a dedicated agency value.”
The new alerting system is expected to undergo software tests in May and has a targeted implementation date in early summer. Passenger and worker safety has come to the forefront of the MTA’s agenda and these changes are aiming to make desires a reality in the near future.