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Monday, April 28, 2014

CT Lawmakers Introduce Metro-North Safety Bill

By Ann Radelat

Washington—As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced it was speeding up implementation of a new safety system today, Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, Jim Himes, D-4th District, Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, and New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney introduced a bill that would require additional safeguards.

The legislation would force Metro-North to institute an “alerter” system, a safety system that sounds an alarm when an engineer remains idle while the train is in motion.

The legislation would also establish a timeline for railroads to implement Positive Train Control, which among other things, prevents two trains traveling on a single track from colliding with one another. The bill would also require the Federal Railroad Administration to come out with final regulations to implement a railroad safety risk reduction program mandated by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

“Our national rail safety standards badly need an update,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement. “Crashes and deaths should not be on people’s minds when they get on a train, yet that is what our constituents have to live with.”

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