Submitted by ub on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 08:29

Back in May, NY Senator Jeff Klien and other politicians were touting the benefits of a Metro North transportation expansion proposal into the Bronx. But that was then and this is now.

Some of you may recall that a terrible accident occurred on the Hudson River Railroad near Spuyten Duyvil, where several lives were lost and dozens more were injured, but not the one that occurred this week. This is from news articles, which appeared back in 1882 newspapers.

This week's horrible accident that killed four and left dozens injured, casting a dark shadow over the holiday season. AS funeral services are being held, City Island Images wonders what millions of New Yorkers are thinking as they deal with this tragedy and worry about their safety and that of so many other commuters who have to rely on Metro North, which some feel is another accident waiting to happen.

The causes of this and previous accidents, four in the past seven months is alarming to say the least. A May 17 train derailment and collision in Bridgeport, Connecticut; the death of a Metro-North employee on May 28 in West Haven, Connecticut; and a freight train derailment in the Bronx back in July 18.

These four recent accidents caused 5 deaths and 129 injuries to Metro-North employees and customers. How many more have to occur before we say this is unacceptable and we've had enough.

The Federal Railroad Administration has imposed safety retraining of Metro-North workers and mandated that a confidential reporting system allowing employees to report safety issues. The feds have asked MTA to respond by today. Commuters will wait to hear what they have to say.