They Failed to Act

Number 23532
Subject Railroads
Source Newsday (New York)
State NY
Year 2007
Publication Date 01/19/2007; 12/13/2007
Summary The nation's largest commuter railroad system failed to address a major public safety hazard that it had known about for years. Through tenacious shoe-leather reporting, the staff of Newsday documented a danger long ignored by the Long Island Railroad and by state and federal regulators. Armed with Stanley tape measures, they found dangerous gaps between the platform and trains at the railroad's busiest stations, holes large enough for passengers to fall through.
Category Contest Certificate
Pages 74
Keywords railroad system; public safety; injuries; gap injuries; repairs; Federal Railroad Administration; Public Service Pulitzer finalist
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