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Positive train control must wait, but the wait shouldn't be too long

Positive train control must wait, but the wait shouldn't be too long

After a Metrolink passenger train with an engineer text-messaging at the controls slammed into a freight train in Chatsworth in 2008, killing 25 people and injuring 135, Congress finally passed a law ordering railroads to install systems that could automatically slow or stop trains in dangerous situations. Safety advocates had been pushing the technology, known as positive train control, for two decades with few takers on Capitol Hill or among railroads. But the horrific accident — and the fact that equipment existed to prevent such carnage — led lawmakers to enact

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