Metro-North signal crews installed on Monday new safety protections at the Spuyten Duyvil curve, the site of last Sunday’s derailment in the Bronx that killed four people, the MTA announced. The protections will warn engineers of approaching speed reductions and will automatically apply the train’s emergency brakes if speed is not lowered to the 30 mph maximum in the curve. Engineers are also developing new signal protections to “automatically enforce speed restrictions” at four other critical curves by March and at five movable bridges by September. Starting Tuesday, Metro-North will also require that conductors stand with engineers at the control cab through the critical curves and bridges and verbally confirm that speed limits are adhered to.
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