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Metra claims it can't meet 2015 deadline for safety system

Suburban commuters get off the Metra at National Street train station.  |  Michael Smart/Sun-Times Media
Suburban commuters get off the Metra at National Street train station. | Michael Smart/Sun-Times Media

Metra claims it cannot meet the 2015 deadline to install a federally mandated safety system to prevent wrecks such as the recent deadly New York commuter train accident, and is seeking an extension due to cost. According to the Chicago Tribune:

The deadly commuter train crash in New York reinforces the urgency for Metra and other commuter railroads across the country to install a federally mandated safety system designed to prevent such wrecks.

Congress has ordered U.S. railroads to install a "fail-safe" system called positive train control by the end of 2015, but Metra and many other railroads have lobbied for an extension, citing the high cost and sophisticated technology involved.

[Read the full story on the Chicago Tribune.]

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