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Lawmakers to feds: Give $10M to NJ Transit for train safety

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey's congressional delegation is calling on the federal government to fulfill New Jersey Transit's request for $10 million to help install an automatic train speed control system.

Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez and 12 members of Congress made the request to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx after last month's deadly train crash in Hoboken.

Foxx says the government isn't prepared to commit to the money, but that the department believes strongly in positive train control.

The transit agency said in a filing to federal regulators in June that it hasn't made additional progress on installing the system while approaching a 2018 deadline.

The NJ Transit train's data recorder showed it was going twice the speed limit just before crashing, killing one person and injuring more than 100.


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