Changes coming to NJ Transit train schedules

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Rockland County commuters who use New Jersey Transit's Pascack Valley line will see changes to the train schedules this summer.

They begin on June 4, and some trains will be temporarily discontinued or have different origins, destinations or both.

NJ Transit officials say they are finishing the installment of a federally mandated safety system on the railroad before a Dec. 31 deadline.

The Positive Train Control system is designed to automatically stop or slow trains that are going too fast and prevent collisions.

Earlier this week, they admitted that they were behind in installing the system, and they may need to seek permission for an extension. 

The National Transportation Safety Board says numerous train crashes over the years could have been prevented by the system.

The accidents include the 2016 Pascack Valley line crash in the Hoboken terminal that killed one person and the deadly 2013 Metro-North derailment near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx. Three of the four passengers killed there were from the Hudson Valley.

NJ Transit officials say the weekend schedules will not be affected, and everything will be back to normal in early 2019.

Some commuters say having the safety system is worth the inconvenience.

"It's a short-term loss for a long-term gain I hope so, we'll see how it works out," says Gary Schultz, of New City.

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