DOT Chief: Positive Train Control Coming To Metro-North In 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – Positive train control is on track to be fully functional on Metro-North’s New Haven Line in Connecticut by 2018. That is according to Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker.

The safety system, which can automatically slow and stop trains to prevent a crash, is back in the news following the deadly train crash Thursday at the Hoboken, New Jersey Train station. The system was not installed on the train that crashed, though officials say it’s not clear if it would have prevented the incident.

Over the past 20 years, the NTSB has listed the lack of positive train control as a contributing factor in 25 crashes. Those include the Amtrak wreck last year in Philadelphia in which a speeding train ran off the rails along a curve. Eight people were killed.

Governor Dannel Malloy told reporters Friday that victims of the crash were in his prayers, and that officials are monitoring the investigation closely.

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