Schumer calls on Metro-North to implement positive train control

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Metro-North has still not taken any action to implement potentially lifesaving technology on its trains, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Monday in New Rochelle.

Positive train control is a system that can be used on railroads to prevent collisions caused by excessive speed and human error. Congress 10 years ago required all passenger railroads to fully implement PTC by the end of 2015.

Even though the deadline was extended to the end of 2018, Metro-North has asked for even more time from the Federal Railroad Administration, which Schumer calls disturbing and disappointing. He says the agency must publish its delayed schedule now.

Almost five years ago, a Metro-North train crash in the Bronx left four people dead. The train operator was found to have suffered from sleep apnea.

Metro-North said in a statement that it expects to file paperwork in the fall and be in full compliance with federal regulations by the end of the year.

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