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Readers React:  Kudos to Metrolink

A worker walks along the tracks near the wreck of a Metrolink passenger train that derailed in Oxnard, Calif. on Feb. 24.

A worker walks along the tracks near the wreck of a Metrolink passenger train that derailed in Oxnard, Calif. on Feb. 24.

(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

To the editor: I would like to applaud Metrolink for its diligent work in installing lifesaving positive train control technology over the last few years and meeting Congress’ end-of-year deadline. (“Who’ll stop the train?,” Editorial, Oct. 1)

However, many rail lines did not act with the same sense of urgency and may not finish installing the technology for years to come.

The railroads’ threat to Congress that they will stop nationwide service if the deadline isn’t extended is dismaying.

I agree with your editorial that, under this threat, there is no choice but to approve an extension and hope that milestones, progress reports and regulatory scrutiny can hold them accountable. But what is to stop the railroads from holding rail service hostage again when another deadline looms?

Congress did not mandate positive train control to be a thorn in the side of the railroads; it was done to save lives.

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Janice Hahn, San Pedro

The writer is the U.S. congresswoman for the 44th District of California.

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