Lawmakers call on feds to give $10M to NJ Transit for train safety

New Jersey’s congressional delegation is calling on the federal government to fulfill New Jersey Transit’s request for $10 million to help install an automatic train speed control system.

Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez and 12 members of Congress made the request to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx after last month’s train crash in Hoboken.

The transit agency said in a filing to federal regulators in June that it hasn’t made any additional progress on installing the system while approaching a December 2018 deadline.

The NJ Transit train’s data recorder showed it going twice the speed limit just before it crashed. One woman was killed and more than 100 other people were hurt.

It wasn’t yet clear exactly what positive train control could have done to prevent the crash.

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