Senators seek railroad probe in wake of station crash

Two lawmakers are asking federal officials to investigate safety and funding issues within New Jersey Transit in the wake of last month’s station crash that killed a woman on a platform and injured more than 100.

New Jersey U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker on Wednesday made the request in a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The Democrats want to know if there are additional safety issues and whether lack of funding impaired NJ Transit from addressing safety needs.

Meanwhile, New Jersey legislators will consider granting themselves subpoena power as they begin to look into the Sept. 29 crash at Hoboken Terminal.

The Democrat-led Assembly Judiciary Committee is expected to consider subpoena authorization on Thursday. If approved, the legislators could compel officials to testify and provide documents.

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