Demand Investigation Into Deadly Train Derailment

Demand Transparency in Investigation of Commuter Train Derailment

Target: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Goal: Ensure a thorough and transparent investigation into the deadly train derailment that occurred in New York City on December 1, 2013.

Commuters’ reasons for taking public transportation are as varied as the jobs they do. By one thing is certain: when someone chooses to use public transportation, they expect to be safe. And why not? After all, public transportation is statistically safer than driving your own car.

But early on the first day of December, a commuter train in New York City derailed as it rounded a curve. The resulting accident, which nearly sent the train into nearby water, resulted in the deaths of four people. Over 60 additional passengers sustained injuries.

Sometimes accidents like these are, unfortunately, unavoidable. But if there was anything that could have been done differently, the citizens of New York City deserve to know about it. If speed was a factor or the train derailed because of another operational or maintenance error, it is important that the truth be found out.

Officials are currently investigating the accident, but it is of the utmost importance that we let them know that accidents of this caliber demand the highest level of scrutiny and transparency, for the collective protection of everyone who ever steps onto public transportation. We need to know that steps are being taken to protect the portion of the public that relies on transportation operated by the city.

Urge public officials to maintain high levels of transparency and accountability during their investigation, both for the sake of everyone who was injured and that of future users of public transportation.


Dear Governor Cuomo,

What happened on the morning of December 1 in New York City is a terrible tragedy. I am relieved to hear that steps are being taken to investigate the derailment of the New York City commuter train that resulted in the deaths of four people and injuries to 60 more. A thorough investigation is exactly what New York City needs right now.

We urge you to make sure that the investigation of this awful accident is as transparent as possible. Commuters in New York City have every right to know what the cause of this accident was and what, if any, steps are being taken to provide that another like it does not occur. Whatever the cause, whether it was an operational error, a maintenance error, or the influence of something unforeseeable, New York City citizens need to be informed.

One of the biggest reasons that commuters take public transportation is because they believe it is safer. And it should be safer. That is why a thorough and transparent investigation into this accident is absolutely crucial. Reassure New York City citizens that their safety is the number one priority, and send a message to the rest of the world: there is no tolerance for public transportation accidents, fatal or otherwise.

Thank you for your hard work in resolving this matter. The highest level of scrutiny and transparency in this investigation, in addition to enacting measures to prevent future such accidents, will go a long way to reassure New York City commuters that their safety is of critical importance to the state.


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Photo Credit: Adam E. Moreira via Wikimedia

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