[RailTransportation] DATABASE SEARCH RESULTS : TRANSPORTATION: RAILROAD: DERAILMENTS: Safety System Cited in Philly Amtrak Derailment Faces New Scrutiny after Hoboken Crash

 

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Safety System Cited in Philly Amtrak Derailment Faces New Scrutiny
after Hoboken Crash

By Jonathan Tamari and Jason Laughlin

POSTED: October 01, 2016

Philly.com

http://articles.philly.com/2016-10-01/news/
75559818_1_nj-transit-positive-train-control-path-train-crash

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The deadly train crash in Hoboken, N.J., on Thursday renewed questions about the long-delayed rollout of Positive Train Control, the government-mandated rail safety system that came into the spotlight after eight people died in the 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.

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Officials could not say that the safety system – designed to slow or stop speeding trains – would have made a difference in the rush-hour NJ Transit crash that killed one person and injured more than 100 others. Bella Dinh-Zarr, vice chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, said investigators would look into whether Positive Train Control could have prevented the disaster.

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But the accident is likely to intensify the scrutiny on rail lines like NJ Transit that have been slow to implement the system, and on Congress’ decision last year to give railroads three more years to do so, setting a new deadline at the end of 2018.

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“This is the kind of event that Positive Train Control is absolutely designed to prevent,” Deborah Hersman, former NTSB chair, told CNN. The system can be a backup for an engineer who is distracted, tired, or suffering a medical emergency, she said.

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PTC was not active in Philadelphia before the Amtrak derailment – when federal safety experts said it could have prevented the wreck – and it is not in use anywhere on NJ Transit lines.

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In fact, the rail agency has made little progress installing the system since Congress mandated it in 2008. According to a June 29 progress report to the Federal Rail Administration, NJ Transit had not installed PTC equipment on any locomotives or track segments, had not trained any employees to use the system, and had none of the required radio towers in place.

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“That’s not a record that we want to see,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) said Thursday after the Hoboken crash. “Personally, I don’t believe there should have been an extension.”

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He noted that national transportation safety regulators concluded that PTC “would have intervened” to prevent a PATH train crash at the same station in 2011.

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[RailTransportation] DATABASE SEARCH RESULTS : TRANSPORTATION: RAILROAD: DERAILMENTS: Safety System Cited in Philly Amtrak Derailment Faces New Scrutiny after Hoboken Crash

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