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Congress moving to prevent disruptions on Amtrak, Metro-North

Commuters on the Metro North railroad.

WASHINGTON — Congress is bowing to warnings by the nation’s railroads, including Metro-North and Amtrak, that passenger service would be disrupted or suspended if a federal deadline for implementation of a safety measure is not pushed back. Congress is rushing to comply. There is broad agreement the deadline should be put off, but there are hurdles. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Rail safety violators must be fined, but not Connecticut


Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants the Federal Railroad Administration to fine those who fail to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to implement rail safety technology called Positive Train Control — but he would spare Connecticut from punishment. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut risks federal fines for slow adoption of rail-safety system

A Metro North train on the New Haven line

The Federal Railroad Administration said Wednesday it would fine railroad companies and railroad track owners, like the state of Connecticut, if they don’t implement a safety technology known as positive train control by a Dec. 31 deadline. Continue Reading →

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Murphy, Blumenthal, other Dems seek boost in Amtrak funding

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WASHINGTON — Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are among a group of nearly a dozen Democratic senators trying to derail a proposed cut in Amtrak funding and instead help the passenger rail company tackle billions of dollars worth of backlogged repairs and capital improvements. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut yet to implement train-crash preventive technology

A map of railroad lines in the state and their owners.

WASHINGTON – In the wake of the fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia, railroad experts and lawmakers like Sen. Richard Blumenthal are touting safety technology that’s been slow to come to Connecticut. The state hopes to install Positive Train Control technology by 2018. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers introduce Metro-North safety bill

Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, Jim Himes, D-4th District, Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, and New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney introduced a bill Monday that would force Metro-North to institute an “alerter” system, a safety system that sounds an alarm when an engineer remains idle while the train is moving. Continue Reading →

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