The Latest on Amtrak Crash: Nutter: Repairs look ‘beautiful’

18 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Amtrak Northeast Corridor Reopens After Fatal Derailment.

Amtrak trains resumed service between New York City and Philadelphia early Monday, as a few dozen passengers cautiously rode the first train scheduled to depart the 30th Street station after last week’s deadly derailment.Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter kept his promise of being on hand when Amtrak service resumed after the derailment that killed eight passengers and injured more than 200.The Federal Railroad Administration said Amtrak had “satisfactorily met our terms to prevent overspeeding at the site of the derailment” after federal safety investigators determined that Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 was speeding at more than 100 mph when it derailed Tuesday night — more than double the speed limit. Yolot Rodriguez, 37, shakily purchased a ticket for the 5:53 a.m. trip from Philadelphia to New York for a business meeting, seemingly flustered before her first ever trip on the Northeast Corridor. “When I knew about the trains I said to my husband in Mexico, hopefully nothing will happen when I travel,” she said, noting she is the primary care giver for her teenage son who has special needs. “I am like the only one in Mexico who he has,” she said. “If something happens with me, what is he gonna do?

Amtrak has begun an analysis of all curves along the corridor and has begun work to determine whether more speed limit signs are needed, the agency said. He told her and others in line that he was out at the curve on Sunday and that the repairs look beautiful. “I just wanted to be here to see those first passengers, give them an additional sense of confidence about what has happened here, the relationship between the City of Philadelphia and Amtrak — which is tremendously strong — and just make sure that everyone gets off in a positive way leaving Philadelphia today,” Nutter said. Regional commuter rail service has resumed along the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s Trenton Line after it was halted last week because of the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia. Schaheen said she takes the train once a week or every other week, and on Monday was headed to the UBS Life Sciences conference and didn’t want to miss it. “I’m confident Amtrak wouldn’t put us back on route unless they thought it was safe to put us back on route,” she said. “I’m sure they have all the resources to have worked through it in the days since this tragedy Amtrak restored full service on its busy Northeast Corridor early Monday when a train headed south from New York City’s Penn Station and another headed north from Philadelphia.

They still don’t know why it happens.” Passengers peered out windows of the train as it came around the curve, unable to look away from the place where a train traveling 106 mph ran off the rails last week. Amtrak officials had said all trains rolling between Washington to Boston are in “complete compliance” with federal safety orders following the derailment.

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