Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Statement on NTSB Report on Valhalla Crash

July 25, 2017
Press Release

Valhalla, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its final report on the deadly 2015 Valhalla train crash:

“I thank the National Transportation Safety Board for their thorough investigation of the horrifying accident at the Commerce Street Crossing in Valhalla in 2015. The experts at NTSB have recommended closing the Commerce Street crossing as well as a risk analysis of grade crossings and use of the third-rail throughout the Metro-North rail system. I urge Metro-North to conduct the recommended assessment and implement corrective actions as quickly as possible to ensure the safety of rail passengers, commuters, and drivers and passengers on our roadways. My thoughts and prayers remain with the victims of this accident and their families.”

Congresswoman Lowey has led the charge in Congress for improved rail safety. In 2016, Congresswoman Lowey helped secure $5,162,417 in Federal Railroad Administration grants to enhance safety and awareness of rail grade crossings in the New York metro area. In 2015, Congresswoman Lowey secured $350 million to improve safety of highway-railroad grade crossings in the Highway Safety Improvement Program. She also secured $6.5 million for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop and place broadcast and print media to support highway-rail grade crossing safety. That same year, Congresswoman Lowey sponsored H.R. 2379 to ban interstate shipment of high-volatility crude oil via rail.