Maloney Statement on the Anniversary of the Metro-North Derailment - Daily Hudson Valley News

Maloney Statement on the Anniversary of the Metro-North Derailment

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: OP ED

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the tragic Metro-North derailment.

“One year after a Metro-North derailment took the lives of our friends and neighbors, there is still much we need to do to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again. While our community pauses to honor the victims and their family and friends, I will continue doing everything I can to push for strategic investments that ensure the safety of our neighbors who rely on Metro-North, including implementing positive train control on commuter rails – it’s the single most important thing we can do to stop these accidents and save lives,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

In September, Rep. Maloney’s bipartisan bill to help commuter rail lines like Metro-North fund and implement positive train control (PTC) systems passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as part of the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act (PRRIA). Originally authored following the tragic Metro-North derailment in December 2013, Rep. Maloney’s Commuter Rail Passenger Safety Act would help finance positive train control systems for commuter rail systems. Passed in the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure by voice vote, this legislation would make all positive train control installations “priority projects” as part of the $35 billion Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) Program that currently provides loans and loan guarantees to railroads.

In 2008, Congress passed a law mandating positive train control systems for commuter and freight railroads, however there have been difficulties meeting this deadline due in part to funding issues. Since 2005, the NTSB has investigated 15 accidents in which 50 people were killed and 942 people were injured. In each of these accidents, the NTSB concluded that PTC would have provided critical redundancy that would have prevented the accident. Following the fatal Metro-North Derailment in December 2013, NTSB announced that PTC could have prevented the accident. Year after year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has named PTC as one of its “most-wanted” initiatives for national transportation safety.

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