Gov. Andrew Cuomo today said New York will review options to install a positive train-control system after Metro-North suffered its fourth accident this year, including Sunday’s crash that killed four passengers.
“Those look like the way of the future. That’s what we are working toward,” Cuomo said on “The Capitol Pressroom,” a public-radio show. “What are the best systems that can be installed, how quickly, how much money, how do we find the financing and what is the state-of-the-art on these positive train control systems?”
The Metro-North crash Sunday and the three prior ones this year come two years before the federal government is requiring passenger railroads to install the automatic-slowdown technology, which can prevent a train from going out of control.
The National Transportation Safety Board said the Metro-North train was going 82 mph at a 30 mph curve in the Bronx, leading to the derailment that also injured 80 passengers.
“It looks like the cause is going to be excessive speed by the operator,” Cuomo said.
“The theories of track failure or equipment failure seem to have been proven incorrect. And it will be operator error, it appears. Then the question would be is there any way to then correct for an operator error? There are new electronic systems that can override operators, positive train control.”
The federal government ripped the four accidents on Metro-North trains, which date back to May.
Cuomo said the NTSB is looking “at whether there is a connectivity among the incidents.”