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LIRR Lags In Installing Mandated Crash Prevention Technology

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A federal report says the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) still has a ways to go to improve technology mandated onboard that would provide lifesaving crash prevention.

The Federal Railroad Administration says the LIRR had installed positive train control, which automatically slows trains under certain circumstances, on 72 percent of its branches.

LIRR spokesman Aaron Donovan told Newsday that the railroad has made significant progress for this crash prevention technology.

Positive train control was ordered by Congress back in 2008 to prevent rail collisions. The LIRR is required to have the technology on its whole fleet by the end of the year if they don’t want to risk any fines.