LA area commuter trains get crash avoidance system
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California's commuter train network has become an early adopter of crash-avoidance technology that its own horrific accident helped make mandatory.
Metrolink quietly rolled out a train Monday morning equipped with "positive train control," a system that lets dispatchers halt engines remotely if they speed or blow through stop signals.
Congress mandated the technology after a Metrolink engineer ran a red light while he was texting and crashed head-on with a freight train in 2008.
Metrolink is working to deploy positive train control on all 512 miles of tracks its trains use, something no other commuter rail system has done.
The rollout will be done gradually, with the next line added Thursday afternoon. The deadline for full implementation is the end of 2015.
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