- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Metra officials are seeking federal funding to help finance a $3.7 million safety component for its automated collision-prevention system.

Officials said Thursday the money would benefit its “positive train control” program that automatically prevents certain types of train-to-train collisions, prevents derailments and increases worker safety. It relies on GPS and dispatch systems to track trains and monitor crews. It stops trains if operating rules are violated.

Metra says it will cost $350 million to add positive train control with up to $20 million additional annually.

Freight and passenger rail lines across the U.S. are installing positive train control. Metra Executive Director and CEO Don Orseno says it could cost $10 billion nationally.

Metra is seeking the grant from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Railroad Safety Technology grant program.



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