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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