A local lawmaker is calling for fully operational Positive Train Control. State Senator Tony Hwang, whose district includes Newtown, says it's a necessary component a proposed bill about all commuter rail infrastructure projects.
Hwang says Metro-North should be efficient and, most importantly, safe.
Ten years ago, Congress passed legislation that all railroads in the United States must install Positive Train Control technology that helps avoid deadly rail accidents. A computerized network of GPS, sensors, transmitters and other equipment reduces the potential for human error. The federal government gave the MTA $1 billion to complete the task, but a decade later, Hwang says it’s still not finished.
While it's fully installed, the system is not yet fully operational.