All Connecticut passenger rail lines will have positive train control by end of year

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Governor Malloy announced Wednesday that all passenger rail lines in Connecticut will have positive train control (PTC) installed by December 31.

According to the Governor’s Office, a positive train control is a system designed to automatically stop a train before an accident happens.

The installations come after the Federal Railroad Administration recently established this requirement for every passenger railroad in the country to implement by the end of the year. 

The system is also designed to prevent train-to-train collisions and derailments

There are three passenger rail lines in the state. They are owned by the state Department of Transportation, Amtrak, and Shore Line East.

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