MBTA to install rail safety technology

By News Staff

news@abc6.com

The MBTA is on its way to installing a safety technology that could prevent deadly train accidents.

The Commuter Rail Positive Train Control project is designed to prevent train-to-train collisions and over-speed derailments, amongst other safety features.

All railroads – that met certain criteria – were supposed to install the PTC by December 31, 2015, under a federal law. The Senate recently approved a measure to extend that deadline by three years.

The MBTA is negotiating a contract estimated at $392.5 million to install the system. They say they’re hoping to use two different programs to help finance the project.

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