New York to get nearly $1B loan to make commuter rail safer

April 24, 2015 6:49 PM

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation's largest commuter rail network, is on track to receive a nearly $1 billion federal loan for safety improvements meant to avoid a repeat of a 2013 derailment that killed four people, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

The $967 million in funding will be used to complete the installation of Positive-Train Control systems, which automatically slow the train if the operator — or some other malfunction — places it in jeopardy. The National Transportation Safety board has concluded the devices would have prevented the...

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