Maloney Statement After Third Rail Accident in Two Months
WASHINGTON — Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement after an Amtrak train collided with a freight train, killing two and leaving over a hundred others with injuries. This is the third passenger rail accident to occur over the last month and a half. Rep. Maloney is the author of the Commuter Rail Passenger Safety Act, which makes additional funds available for the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC). Investigators have determined that PTC could have prevented this accident, as well as December’s Amtrak crash in Washington State.
“People are dying – we can’t wait any longer on getting PTC systems up and running nationwide. We made sure money was set aside for this purpose three years ago, but it’s up to the rail lines to actually start installing it.
“One thing is for sure – time’s up – Congress has delayed this deadline time and again and we’ve seen the deadly results. We can’t drag our feet anymore, 2018 has to be a hard, legal deadline for all passenger railroads to implement PTC.”
In March 2015, the House passed Rep. Maloney’s Commuter Rail Passenger Safety Act, which would make all positive train control installations "priority projects" as part of the $35 billion Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) Program that currently provides loans and loan guarantees to railroads. Rep. Maloney is also a cosponsor of the Positive Train Control Implementation and Financing Act, which would prevent further delays of the 2018 deadline for implementing PTC and provide over $2.5 billion in funding to assist passenger railroads to implement the technology by the end of the year.