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New York’s senior senator is calling on the MTA to speed up the installation of a safety technology that could help prevent deadly train crashes.

Sen. Chuck Schumer was at the Brewster train station Monday to announce that the MTA may not meet a critical safety deadline to install positive train control.

Schumer says data shows that Metro-North is just over 50 percent complete in installing “PTC” technology, despite having nearly a decade to do so.

The federally mandated technology helps to prevent train collisions and derailments.

The government ordered a deadline of 2018 for railroads like Metro-North to install PTC.

Schumer says it is disconcerting that the MTA falls behind schedule as far as installing the technology, even though he helped secure the nearly $1 billion in federal money to make it happen.

The MTA released a statement saying in part that it expects to be in full compliance with the government’s Positive Train Control regulations by Dec. 31, 2018.



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