Schumer: MTA may not meet deadline to install safety technologyPosted: Updated:
New York's senior senator is calling on the MTA to speed up the installation of a safety technology that could help prevent deadly train crashes.
Sen. Chuck Schumer was at the Brewster train station Monday to announce that the MTA may not meet a critical safety deadline to install positive train control.
Schumer says data shows that Metro-North is just over 50 percent complete in installing “PTC” technology, despite having nearly a decade to do so.
The federally mandated technology helps to prevent train collisions and derailments.
The government ordered a deadline of 2018 for railroads like Metro-North to install PTC.
Schumer says it is disconcerting that the MTA falls behind schedule as far as installing the technology, even though he helped secure the nearly $1 billion in federal money to make it happen.
The MTA released a statement saying in part that it expects to be in full compliance with the government's Positive Train Control regulations by Dec. 31, 2018.
Railroads like Metro-North were granted a three-year PTC extension in 2015. Metro-North has until the end of next year to become fully compliant.