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BLET on Positive Train Control: 'I often wonder if we could turn back the clock how many lives we could have saved'

(Source: USA Today, February 26, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Railroads warned Congress again Wednesday they wouldn't meet a 2015 deadline for automatic braking on trains, but engineers and safety officials urged adoption of the technology that might have prevented the fatal Metro North crash in New York this past December.

But John Tolman, vice president and national legislative representative for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, said railroads are failing to install the equipment even in the face of a congressional act, but that lawmakers shouldn't grant a blanket delay.

"I often wonder if we could turn back the clock how many lives we could have saved," Tolman said. "Those who have given their lives deserve to be honored by saying 'enough is enough' with the delay and foot-dragging."

Full story: USA Today

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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