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New Jersey Transit Running Late on Positive Train Control

Missing December deadline could mean fines, having NJT trains banned from using Hudson tunnels into New York Penn Station

New Jersey Transit executives told lawmakers yesterday that the agency is seriously behind schedule installing the federally mandated safety system called positive train control. As of this past December, the deployment was just 11 percent complete — even though NJT reports that it’s doubled worksites and added shifts.

NJ Transit could ask the Federal Railroad Administration to push back the December 31, 2018 deadline to 2020, using “alternative criteria.”

But the FRA could decide that the agency hasn’t done enough to qualify for a later deadline. That could result in heavy fines. And Amtrak could ban NJ Transit’s trains from using the Hudson tunnels into New York Penn Station.

Read the full story on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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