Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday called for a survey of why MTA takes so long to install life-saving technical equipment just days after two Long Island Rail Road trains hit a car at a cruise that killed its three residents.
"We can no longer delay anything. Life is in danger. We have all seen how many people have died and been injured in these train crashes, we have seen too often," Schumer said at a press conference at Grand Central Station. When it works, it's a godsend. Either there are two cars that cross the tracks. Whether there are two trains that can collide. "The New York Democrat said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority requested another delay in installing positive train control because more than 4,000 PTC-related antennas were recalled from the LIRR and Metro-North trains, the December 2020 deadline for technology deployment.
"What is a mystery is that 4000 of these PTC screens were installed on the tracks and only now do they know it's wrong," Schumer said. "Why wasn't the test done? How fast can it be solved? Maybe it can be solved easily. Let us see. "
Because of the equipment failure, Schumer said that many questions have to be answered.
" We need the government to make a top-down review and find out what went wrong? Who's to blame? How can you still meet the deadline? And how do you get the money back from the contractors who broke this up by selling the MTA equipment? "Schumer said.
MTA said it is" laser focused "on monitoring the entrepreneur's progress and providing" oversight to avoid any further delays. "
" We stick to their contractual requirements to complete the PTC implementation well within the federal term of office, and they will be required to correct their errors at their own expense, without their own pockets, "MTA CEO Ronnie Hakim said in a statement.
Schumer wants the Federal Railroad Administration to get involved and say with feds "to review MTA's debts it will make it far more likely for them to do it right this time." [1
Lack of deadline will result in fines to MTA of around $ 30,000 per day and put riders at risk, Schumer said.  A car went around a railway gate in Westbury, Long Island, Tuesday night and was hit by an eastbound train. trains that ran at full speed, which meant that the train would track crashing into the Westbury station platform.
Three people in the car were killed.