New Jersey Transit awarded $10 mln federal grant for Positive Train Control system

New Jersey Transit Corp. recently was awarded a $10 million federal grant through the Positive Train Control Grant Program.

Positive Train Control improves safety by providing an automated backup system to combat human error in transit operations.

The $10 million will fund the third phase of New Jersey Transit’s Advanced Speed Enforcement System.

“This grant announcement is welcome news to weary commuters,” U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) said. “These funds coupled with the $330 million already committed to the Northeast Corridor are needed to improve the mass transit needs of the Garden State. Commuters have had enough. Our tristate area is the backbone of our Nation’s transportation system. It’s an important federal priority and the New Jersey congressional delegation will continue to fight on a bipartisan basis for greater funding and resources.”

Lance and other members of the New Jersey congressional delegation had supported implementing a Positive Train Control system since a September 2016 crash of a train in Hoboken Terminal killed one and injured more than 100 people.

Lance also supports the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. The legislation includes $199 million in competitive grants for passenger railroads to add Positive Train Controls.

The federal government also recently approved an additional $75 million for Northeast Corridor projects.