NJ state senators ask why NJ Transit didn’t implement ‘Positive Train Control’ in wake of Hoboken crash

HOBOKEN — According to a media release sent out on Friday, New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Senator Paul Sarlo, and Senator Bob Gordon are seeking answers as to why NJ Transit has not implemented critical safety controls on its locomotives designed to prevent speed-related accidents. The questions came in the wake of a deadly NJ Transit crash in Hoboken on Thursday (see this weekend’s Hoboken Reporter cover story by clicking the link).
The senators sent a letter to state Department of Transportation Commissioner Richard Hammer requesting information on the delay by NJ Transit in implementing “Positive Train Control” technology mandated by Congress eight years ago.
They said they will also file a records request under the Open Public Records Act seeking communications between NJ Transit, state and federal government officials, other transit agencies, and rail safety experts, pertaining to the implementation of Positive Train Control Technology in an effort to understand the reasons for the delay in installation of “this life-saving technology.”
For our prior coverage of the accident, see hudsonreporter.com.

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