MTA pushes sleep screening

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

NEW YORK – The Mass Transit Authority has said it will seek to expand sleep apnea screening to Long Island Rail Road engineers and conductors; New York City Transit subway train operators, conductors and bus operators; and MTA bus operators, according to local news reports. The proposal comes in response to a 2013 Metro-North train crash that killed four people. The *Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has long sought to implement recommendations for sleep screening, amid push back from the transportation industry. But in the wake of the Metro-North crash, as well as other recent, high-profile crashes, the tide may finally be turning, say sleep stakeholders.