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Posted: Dec 13, 2013 10:56 AM

Updated: Dec 13, 2013 10:56 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The nation's second-largest commuter rail line is increasing scrutiny of its workers onboard trains.

The stepped-up effort comes two weeks after a deadly derailment of one of its trains in New York City and a year after a similar effort was exposed as flawed.

Metro-North operates trains in and out of New York City, suburbs upstate and into Connecticut. A spokeswoman for its parent agency says the railroad is using more plainclothes spotters who slip aboard unnoticed to check that train operators are complying with rules.

The agency says there have been no reports of Metro-North engineers nodding off or sleeping. That's something under investigation as a factor in the Dec. 1 crash that killed four.

Federal authorities also say they are looking closely at Metro-North's safety systems overall.

Topics: US-NYC-Train-Derailment

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