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Positive Train Control almost complete

December 19, 2018

Every train line in Connecticut will be equipped with Positive Train Control — a safety system designed to stop trains automatically before an accident occurs and prevent excessive train speed — by the end of the year, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday.

The only component of PTC not fully implemented in Connecticut is the automatic stop function if two trains are heading toward each other on the same track, said Jim Cameron, founder of the Commuter Action Group and a columnist for the Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

“Safety has always been our top priority and I am pleased to report that Connecticut passenger rail lines will be in full compliance with the new federal requirements,” said Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker. “Our rail lines are already exceptionally safe and positive train control provides us with another layer of safety.”

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