NJ Transit to reduce trains to try and meet safety deadline (Washington Post)

New Jersey Transit said Thursday it will reduce its train service over the next several months as it tries to install a federally mandated safety system by a Dec. 31 deadline.

Last week, the Federal Railroad Administration sent a letter expressing concern that NJ Transit, the nation’s third-largest transit system, would miss the deadline to install the emergency braking system, called positive train control.

In the aftermath of a 2008 commuter rail crash in California that killed 25 people, the government required commuter and freight railroads to have the system installed by the end of 2015. That deadline later was extended three years.

Through the end of 2017, NJ Transit reported it had only 35 of 440 locomotives equipped with the system and hadn’t finished installation on any of its 11 track routes.