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MTA finishes LIRR, Metro-North train control safety upgrade

MTA finishes LIRR, Metro-North train control safety upgrade
The technology — called “positive train control,” or PTC — uses radio signals to automatically stop speeding or runaway trains before they crash or derail. As of Wednesday, it was installed and tested across all the track used by the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North, which spans more than 500 miles.

MTA officials on Wednesday announced the completion of key safety upgrades designed to prevent railroad catastrophes like Metro-North’s deadly 2013 Spuyten Duyvil crash.A Metro-North train derailed just outside of New York City’s Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx in December 2013.” A aerial view of a Metro North train that derailed near the near the Spuyten Duyvil Station in the Bronx.Positive train control “would have automatically applied the brakes to enforce the speed restriction” before the train, running at 82 mph, jumped the tracks around the tight curve at Spuyten Duyvil, across Spuyten Duyvil Creek from Manhattan, investigators found.

New York police on the scene of a train derailment near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx neighborhood of New York.[More New York] Ghislaine Maxwell only considered divorce to protect husband from awful reputation: lawyer p PTC would have prevented the December 2013 derailment on Metro-North’s Hudson Line in the Bronx that killed four people and injured at least 60, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

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