New Jersey lawmakers keep heat on transit agency after crash

New Jersey lawmakers investigating last month’s fatal train crash in Hoboken are keeping the heat on state transportation officials.

The Democratic leaders of a joint investigative committee sent a series of questions to the head of the state’s transportation department on Monday.

The questions include whether New Jersey Transit has reached out to accident victims, detailed explanations of how it counts accidents, and the status of an automatic train braking system.

The transit agency’s board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a plan to lease radio-frequency spectrum from New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. That’s needed to install the positive train control system.

Richard Hammer, the head of the state’s transportation department, vowed last week that the agency would meet a December 2018 installation deadline.

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