The recent derailment and collision of two Metro-North trains in Fairfield left dozens injured, tens of thousands inconvenienced and taxpayers footing the bill for millions of dollars in repairs. It also proved just how fragile our rail network is, as this accident severed the crucial Northeast Corridor connecting Boston and Washington. What lessons can we learn from the incident?
Early indications are the derailment was caused by faulty track repairs. But this incident is tied to the larger overall problem facing not only the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) but our entire nation: deferred maintenance.