Commuter service says Metro-North trains safe

September 22, 2008 3:45:54 AM PDT
Authorities say they are confident that technology on Metro-North Railroad commuter trains would prevent a collision similar to a recent deadly Los Angeles wreck. A spokesman for Metro-North says its New Haven, Hudson and Harlem lines all are equipped with an electronic system that warns engineers if another train is too close.

If the engineer does not act, the system shuts down the engine and activates the emergency brakes.

Passenger rail services nationwide are reviewing their safety measures in the wake of the crash in Los Angeles between a Metrolink commuter train and a freight train. It killed 25 people and injured more than 130.

The Metro-North spokesman says Metro-North's signaling system has been in place since 1983.

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