So Calif train network replaces contractor
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California's largest commuter train network is replacing the company that provides a key part of a new collision-avoidance system.
The system, called positive train control, will let dispatchers halt trains remotely if they are speeding or blow through stop signals.
The federal government has mandated that Metrolink and other commuter lines nationally install positive train control by the end of 2015.
One key to the system is a computer-aided dispatch that monitors trains.
Metrolink's board voted unanimously Friday to replace the company that had in charge of the dispatch system, citing missed deadlines.
A Metrolink spokesman said that despite the switch in companies, positive train control should be in place this time next year. The total cost is projected at $211 million.