MBTA approves rail safety technology
BOSTON (AP) — Boston transit officials plan to spend more than $450 million on safety technology for the commuter rail system.
The fiscal control board which oversees the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority approved a contract on Monday that calls for the installation of federally-mandated positive train control on all commuter rail lines within five years.
Investigators say the technology is designed to automatically slow trains and could have prevented an Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia in May that killed eight people.
The Boston Globe reports that MBTA officials are concerned the project will add to an already tenuous financial situation for the agency. Officials hope to seek federal funding to offset the costs.
Congress voted last week to delay the positive train control mandate for at least three years.