New Jersey lawmakers call for $10M for train safety after last month’s Hoboken crash

FILE PHOTO U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, left, speaks as Sen. Bob Menendez looks on during a news conference near the Hoboken station following a train crash, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Hoboken, N.J. A rush-hour commuter train crashed through a barrier at the busy Hoboken station and lurched across the waiting area Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others in a grisly wreck that revived questions about whether long-delayed automated safety technology could have prevented tragedy. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s congressional delegation is calling on the federal government to fulfill New Jersey Transit’s request for $10 million to help install an automatic train speed control system.

The letter from Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez and 12 members of congress made the request to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx after last month’s train crash at Hoboken Terminal.

The transit agency said in a filing to federal regulators in June that it has not made any additional progress on installing the system approaching a December 2018 deadline.

The New Jersey Transit train’s data recorder showed it going twice the 10 mph speed limit just before it crashed. The crash killed one woman and injured more than 100.

It wasn’t yet clear exactly what positive train control could have done to prevent the accident.


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