Nine rookie conductors for Metro-North are out of work and three were reassigned after it was reportedly discovered they had cheated on a safety test.
Some of the conductors are accused of stealing the written test from an instructor’s bag, taking pictures of it with a phone and sharing it with others, according to the NY Daily News.
The nine rookies who were fired were training to become conductors and had not worked for Metro-North. The three who were reassigned had other jobs for Metro-North and were training to become conductors.
The rail road’s inspector’s office is working with prosecutors on the case. This scandal comes after Connecticut Senator Richard Bluementhal announced plans for new legislation to make the rails safer, such as steeper fines for safety violations.
The test was taken two months ago, but Metro North was tipped off only two weeks ago.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the parent company of Metro-North, did not comment on the probe.