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Federal review blasts Metro-North railroad

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NEW YORK (AP) - A Federal Railroad Administration review says the Metro-North commuter railroad has a "deficient safety culture."

The inquiry was prompted by a Dec. 1 derailment in the Bronx that killed four passengers and injured about 70 others. But The New York Times says the scope of the federal probe was far-reaching.

The review says the railroad's operations control center pressured workers to rush when responding to signal failures.

It says workers had trouble getting needed track time to make essential repairs.

It also says cellphone use is common among track workers.

Metro-North's new president, Joseph J. Giulietti, says the railroad is taking "aggressive actions" to assure that safety is its top priority.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates Metro-North, has already made several changes since the derailment.

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