Tuesday, September 16, 2008

We need Positive Train Control systems

My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims of the Metrolink 111 crash.

It is truly tragic that this accident may have been prevented by technology that is already being used in other places around the country and the world.

Positive Train Control systems use technology to help detect potential collisions or speed-related accidents. They then use a remote, automated response to move or stop the train to prevent the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board -- the federal agency responsible for investigating major accidents such as last Friday's Metrolink crash and making safety recommendations -- has been advocating for the implementation of a nationwide Positive Train Control system since 1990. Congress is now considering requiring implementation of a Positive Train Control system as part of the Federal Railroad Safety Improvement Act.

Today, I introduced a resolution urging Congress to pass the Federal Railroad Safety Improvement Act and to reduce the timeline for implementing Positive Train Control technology. We cannot wait for another accident to happen before we take action.