Emily GirschDec 19, 2017, 8:52 pmDec 20, 2017, 1:44 pm

Assemblyman McKeon pushes positive train control on NJ Transit

NJ Transit says they plan to meet 2018 deadline, implement positive train control


SPRINGFIELD — Federal officials are now confirming an Amtrak train was going 80 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone when it flew off the tracks and killed three people in Washington state.

The tragedy raised concerns in New Jersey over its transit, which doesn't have positive train control, a system designed to automatically stop a train exceeding the speed limit. Assembly Judiciary Committee Chair John McKeon has led a series of hearings on NJ Transit operations. He says there is no excuse as to why it has taken this long to implement positive train control.

"It's a fail-safe, and the technology is there and that's what makes it so frustrating. The fact that based on management and a failure to get it implemented that we still are not as safe as we should be," says McKeon.

Assemblyman McKeon says he has made recommendations on NJ Transit to the incoming administration under Gov.-Elect Phil Murphy.

In a statement, NJ Transit said they have every intention of meeting a December 2018 deadline to implement positive train control, but Assemblyman McKeon told us he has doubts that they'll make it.

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