New Crash-Prevention Braking System to Begin Operation in Select Metra Trains

January 21, 2016

By Emily Florez, NBC Chicago 5

Metra will soon begin testing a new braking system designed to prevent crashes and derailments.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

The new crash-prevention braking system could start operating on one of the most traveled Metra routes by the end of the year. The BNSF Line would be the first to provide positive train control, or PTC, followed by Metra’s three Union Pacific Lines, according to the Daily Herald.

PTC is a sophisticated technology system combining GPS, radio communications, and computers, to monitor the location and speeds of trains, in relation to other trains, signals, and changing speed limits.

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