NJ Transit trains reduced in Hudson Valley

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Commuters who ride the Pascack Valley line will see some changes today that may affect the way they get to work.

Some weekday trains have been temporarily discontinued while others will see changes to schedule times and station stops. The changes should only affect weekday schedules.

It's all due to a federal mandate for NJ Transit to finish installing Positive Train Control on its rail fleet. The safety system is designed to automatically stop or slow trains that are going too fast in order to prevent crashes.

National Transportation Safety Board officials say numerous train crashes could have been prevented by positive train control, including the 2016 crash in the Hoboken terminal that killed one person. That train left from the Spring Valley station. The 2013 Metro-North derailment near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx, where three of the four passengers killed were from the Hudson Valley, may have been prevented.

Some commuters say the changes will be an inconvenience. "It will definitely change how I'm going to get to work. Hopefully they get it wrapped up sooner than later," says commuter Brian Almodovar.

Other commuters tell News 12 that even though it will take longer to commute, it’s worth it. "I usually take the express train and I really miss it because the local is painful, but we need the safety," says Frank Todlaski, of New City.

"If it's for the safety of the line and the people involved, I'm all for it," adds Jerry O'Brien, of Haverstraw.

Metro-North will begin cross-honoring tickets for Pascack Valley Line customers today. Riders will be able to use their passes on all lines and on the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry.

The mandatory train-safety technology upgrades should take a year to complete.

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