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Transport Chief: Amtrak's 'Extraordinary' Work Reopened Crash Site

By    |   Monday, 18 May 2015 09:04 AM

Amtrak has taken "extraordinary measures" to clear the site of its deadly train crash outside Philadelphia and get the trains running again along its Northeast Corridor route, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday.

"We required Amtrak to install automatic train control, as well as to do inspections on the curves all along the Northeast Corridor," Foxx told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "They have done that very carefully and we're confident the service should resume this morning."

The trains began rolling early Monday for the first time in almost a week following the crash, resuming service while investigators continue working to determine why last week's accident occurred.

The service resumed with a 5:30 a.m. southbound train leaving New York City. The first northbound train, scheduled to leave Philadelphia at 5:53 a.m., was delayed and pulled out of 30th Street Station at 6:07 a.m.

About three dozen passengers boarded the New York City-bound train in Philadelphia, where Mayor Michael Nutter was on hand to see the passengers and train off. All Acela Express, Northeast Regional and other services were to also resume.

Automatic train control (ATC) is a different system than the positive train control (PTC) technology officials have said may have prevented the crash, reports The New York Times. ATC measures a passing train's speed and alerts the engineer if the train is moving too fast, and if the engineer does not slow the train, the technology applies the brakes.

That system was already in place on the southbound tracks outside Philadelphia, but not on the northbound tracks where last week's crash occurred. A federal official told the Times that the system was only installed on one set of tracks because a more dramatic deceleration was needed on the northbound side's curve.

Positive train control systems can detect an out-of-control, speeding train and automatically slow it down. Congress has mandated that PTC be put in place on the nation's tracks by the end of the year.

On Saturday, the Federal Railroad Administration ordered Amtrak to expand the ATC use, which has been in effect for several years, as well as assess its Northeast Corridor curves and to improve speed limit signage.

Foxx said Monday that Amtrak took "extraordinary measures over the last several days to not only clear the site, but also to take these steps that we've asked them to take."

However, there are challenges in the United States to getting the railroad technologies in place, said Foxx, and the government has been working carefully with Amtrak to make sure "not only ATC but PTC gets installed by the end of the year. My understanding is that Amtrak is on pace to do that."

There are additional steps being considered, Foxx said, to ensure the nation's passenger rail services set a "high bar for safety."

Meanwhile, Foxx pointed out that the cause of the Amtrak accident is not yet known, but "separate and apart from that, I can tell you that our infrastructure system needs more investment and we need to take a hard look at the policies that are in place as it relates to that infrastructure."

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