WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) released the following statement following reports that a Metro North employee was killed early this morning while fixing a track in East Harlem. Coincidentally, Himes and State Representative Stephen Walko (District 150) were scheduled to and met with commuters at the Greenwich train station this morning.

“I send my condolences to the friends, family, and colleagues of the Metro North worker killed early this morning as he repaired a track in East Harlem. The safety problems at Metro North are a matter of life and death, for both passengers and employees, and the culture that allows these frequent mistakes cannot continue.  I spent my morning meeting with commuters at the train station. They are frustrated and worried. I am eager to see Metro North’s new leadership bring the change necessary to make this essential transportation system safe and reliable.”