Hurry up the slowing down


“(The industry) now knows it will work, or at least some of it works”

Well, that’s comforting.

This comment from head of Metro-North as the MTA announced it will speed up installing Positive Train Control, a “technology that can reduces the potential for collisions and derailments resulting from excessive speed.”. The Feds want it done by next year. The original contract called for 2018.

Speeding up of the implementation of new technology is not the best idea. We’ve seen recently what happens when technology is rushed in to service. You remember that little healthcare website mess.

LIRR President Helena Williams seems to understand this, as reported in the Times Herald-Record, saying the deployment is “enormously complex” and “both railroads will conduct pilot programs…to make sure trains stop properly.”

That, is comforting.


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