Recent news that the Long Island Rail Road failed to meet the December 2018 deadline for installation of Positive Train Control comes as no surprise to those of us who worked in the transit industry.
The Federal Railroad Administration originally mandated that Positive Train Control – a system of signals and switches that could prevent potential train crashes – be installed and operable by 2015 to insure safety for the riding public.
Even with a time extension to December 2018, it was always doubtful that the LIRR would meet the deadline.
Now the LIRR requests another two-year extension to actually finish the job. The LIRR has known since 2010 for this need.
Positive Train Control should have been the top priority for the LIRR, even if it meant diverting resources from other capital improvement projects.