New LIRR Trains Do Not Set Aside Enough Space for Positive Train Control Safety Equipment

Long Island Rail Road officials said they did not set aside enough space to fit federally mandated positive train control (“PTC”) equipment into the railroad’s next generation of trains.  The railroad’s specifications for designated 8 cubic feet per car for PTC, but the hardware requires 17 cubic feet per car.  Rather than PTC equipment being seamlessly integrated into their design, 256 new M9 trains will have to be retrofitted, an error that could increase costs and delay the arrival of the new M9 electric trains, set to roll out in 2018.

The LIRR’s explanation for the failure to have enough

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New Rule Requiring Electronic Stability Control (ESC) on Heavy Trucks and Large Buses Hopes to Save Lives

The U.S. Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finalized its rule requiring electronic stability control (ESC) systems on heavy trucks and large buses.  NHTSA estimates the rule will prevent as many as 1,759 crashes, 649 injuries and 49 fatalities each year. ESC will prevent up to 56 percent of untripped, rollover crashes.  Untripped rollover crashes are rollover crashes not caused by striking an obstacle or leaving the road. The rule is also expected to provide net economic benefits of more than $300 million annually resulting from preventing crashes, reducing congestion, and preventing property damage,

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