When the Federal Railroad Administration released a report on March 27 citing CSX for 199 serious safety violations, Administrator Joseph Boardman said "the railroad is still not doing enough to make safety a top priority."
On Wednesday, Michael Ward, chairman and chief executive officer of CSX, assured Administrator Boardman that his company "will move promptly and aggressively to address safety concerns, through heightened inspection standards and other special initiatives in response to a FRA inspection report."
"Safety is our top priority, and we welcome the FRA's inspections and insights," said Ward.
CSX Transportation, the principal operating company of CSX, plans to tighten standards for track inspections to exceed FRA thresholds, company officials said.
In 2006, CSXT reduced train accidents 24 percent, but a series of eight derailments in seven weeks prompted a focused inspection by the FRA in January. Another inspection is underway following a derailment in Oneida, N.Y. on March 5.
In New York, CSXT is taking several independent steps to address safety, the company said:
? Ultrasound testing on all main lines in the state began March 14 and will be completed by the end of April.
? Weekend inspections of track between Erie, Pa., and Selkirk, N.Y., were added March 10.
? After FRA concludes its testing between Erie and Bergen, N.J., via Selkirk, CSXT will run its own track geometry cars on main lines three times a year, beginning on April 2.