LIRR reports spike in trains running stop signals

May 25, 2010 3:19:32 PM PDT
The Long Island Rail Road says it's seen a spike in the number of trains running through stop signals this year. The railroad says eight trains went through stop signals so far this year, compared to five for all of 2009 and three in 2008.

LIRR says the eight violations occurred near Penn Station, Jamaica and a rail yard in Rockaway. All the trains were moving at less than 15 mph. Four were carrying passengers.

The agency must replace the entire train crew and inspect track and signal systems when violations occur.

The train crew accused of the violations faced internal disciplinary action and sanctions by the Federal Railroad Administration.

The union representing the LIRR's 400 engineers declined to comment.