Lowey, Engel: Put train safety technology in place

Positive Train Control was mandated by Congress in 2008, after two trains collided in Los Angeles, killing 25. Both Lowey, D-Harrison, and Engel, D-Bronx, voted for that legislation.

In 2014, the NTSB said positive train control would have prevented the Spuyten Duyvil crash, which killed four and injured 60.

The Federal Railroad Administration has been handling positive train control roll-out. Metro-North has not said whether speed, heat or a combination thereof caused the most recent derailment.

The railroad has been adamant that it will have positive train control in place by December 2018, meeting the FRA deadline.

In its most recent positive train control report card, the FRA says Metro-North has done little more than train employees and secure the radio spectrum necessary.

The railroad has said those figures do not reflect the progress they have made and that they have done substantial work, but not enough to cross the FRA's thresholds.

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