CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — Northern Indiana's South Shore commuter railroad is planning to start tests on a new train safety system.

The rail line that runs between South Bend and downtown Chicago expects to begin Monday conducting test of the positive train control technology. The system being required by the federal government and is designed to slow or stop trains that are going too fast and prevent collisions with other trains.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that each component of the $100 million system must pass multiple tests to receive Federal Railroad Administration certification. The railroad will be running empty cars at non-scheduled times for the testing.

South Shore President Mike Noland says the railroad is proud of its safety record and the new system will help reduce the chance of human error.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com