A train engineer in New York has been suspended after being caught on video reading a newspaper while his train is in motion. The video made on the Metro-North line was brought to the attention of the agency by a commuter.
The rider, John Bingham, a resident of Yonkers New York reported that he had been commuting for many years and was concerned about the engineers becoming distracted in light of threats against commuter trains by terrorists.
NBC4 reports: "He only looked up when the bells went off," John Bingham told NBC 4 New York, referring to the sounds that signal when the train was approaching a station. "That made me nervous. What if one of the bells didn't go off and something happened with the train?"
The engineer is shown in the video browsing the paper from cover to cover. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) states that reading of any material or use of cell phones while operating a train is unacceptable. They have promised that any further behavior by engineers will not be tolerated.
KETKNBC reports: “The MTA said in a statement that "reading anything, texting or using cell phones while operating a train is obviously not acceptable. Metro-North will take action to ensure this does not happen again."
As of this report the engineer a veteran employee has not been identified.