NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 1:13 PM
The long-delayed technology to prevent accidents like the NJ Transit train wreck in Hoboken remains absent from all of the crowded commuter line’s trains and tracks.
Positive Train Control — previously an issue in the deadly May 2015 wreck of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia — remains a work in no-progress two years before a deadline for its mandatory installation.
A quarterly NJ Transit progress reports filed two weeks ago with the federal Department of Transportation showed zero locomotives equipped, zero installation of track segments and zero training of its employees.
Positive train control could’ve slowed down the train speeding into the historic Hoboken station Thursday morning.
(Luiz C. Ribeiro/For New York Daily News )
The feds initially mandated installation of the safety system by the end of 2015, but the nation’s railroads were granted a three-year extension after asking for more time and more money.
PTC is a fail-safe technology designed to prevent accidents or derailments by automatically slowing or stopping trains that are going too fast.
In the Philadelphia crash, the train was traveling 106 mph on a sharp curve with a 50-mph limit.
NJ Transit spokeswoman Jennifer Nelson said she couldn’t say how fast the train was traveling Thursday morning when it plowed into the historic Hoboken train station.
PTC technology could have prevented 145 accident since 1969 — wrecks that killed 288 people and injured close to 6,600.
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The National Transportation Safety Board has estimated that PTC technology could have prevented 145 accident since 1969 — wrecks that killed 288 people and injured close to 6,600.
NTSB member Robert Sumwalt flatly said that PTC would have prevented the Philadelphia disaster that left eight dead and more than 200 injured.
A collapsed roof and debris litter the platform at the Hoboken Terminal Thursday after a crash that killed one injured dozens of others.
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Congress initially mandated installation of the PTC system in 2008, but the switchover to the complicated technology has moved at a glacial pace in the years since.