Maloney Statement on NJ Transit Crash in Hoboken
Newburgh, NY - Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) issued the following statement after a New Jersey Transit passenger train crashed in Hoboken.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of yet another train crash on one of our commuter rails. I am also angry – at least three people won’t be able to go home to their families today because we have failed to invest in basic technology that could have saved lives. Since four of my neighbors were killed in the 2013 Metro North crash, our thoughts and prayers have gone out to victims of tragic train accidents in Valhalla and Philadelphia, from North Carolina to California – this has gone on for too long.
“While we are just beginning to learn the cause of this crash, it appears that once again an accident was not prevented because the trains our commuters were riding lacked positive train control (PTC) – the longer we fail to prioritize investing in rail safety technology, the more innocent lives we put in jeopardy.”
Rep. Maloney is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Since joining Congress, Rep. Maloney has been a leader on rail safety and investing in positive train control (PTC), a simple Wi-Fi and GPS technology that can stop or slow trains remotely.
In December 2015, Rep. Maloney’s Passenger Train Derailment Prevention Act of 2015 was signed into law, which requires passenger railroads and freight lines on which passenger rail travels to identify high-hazard curves, like those involved in the Spuyten Duyvil and Philadelphia train derailments, and take actions to enhance safety through modification of existing ATC or other signal systems, increasing crew size, installing signage at those locations, installing of alerters in cabs, and increasing crew communication. In March 2015, the House also 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.