Metra investigation underway after safety faults

The Federal Railroad Administration launches a probe into Metra safety practices following three incidents.

Three engineers are suspended. Those incidents happened in a two-week period, none resulting in accidents or injuries.

Two cases involve speeding on the Rock Island Line; the third incident took place Tuesday on the Electric Line. A train leaving the Matteson station went 20 feet past a stop signal.

The FRA is conducting a 45-day assessment of Metra, focusing on how engineers are trained and tested.

“When we hear about three in a short period of time, we said it’s absolutely appropriate for us to come in and take a deeper look,” FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo said.

“We’ve reached out to all of our employees, we’ve instructed our managers to go and meet face-to-face with all of our operating crews to share with them the importance of situational awareness,” Metra CEO Don Orseno said.

Orseno said the agency is cooperating fully and riders should have no worries about safety.

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