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NJ Transit to conduct top-to-bottom safety review

4-8-14

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit is taking a hard look at safety, in the wake of the recent crash of a commuter train in New York City.

The agency on Tuesday approved spending just under a half-million dollars on an outside consultant to conduct a comprehensive safety review.

NJ Transit also is forming a 17-member internal committee to look at safety issues.

Officials say the efforts were spurred by a report on the Dec. 1 derailment of a Metro-North train in the Bronx. Four passengers were killed and about 70 more were injured.

The Federal Railroad Administration said in its report last month that Metro-North had created a culture that sacrificed safety for on-time performance.