Clock ticking to install safety improvements for Brightline trains

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

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The orange Brightline train is seen traveling through Boynton Beach on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Brightline trains can reach speeds of up to 79 mph south of West Palm Beach and up to 110 mph through the Treasure and Space coasts.

The speedy Brightline trains will present a unique hazard when they begin zipping through Treasure Coast communities.

But unless Florida East Coast Railway gets its act together, the fast trains could be even more perilous.

By the end of the year, Florida East Coast Railway — which owns and operates tracks between Miami and Jacksonville, including the main corridor through our region — is supposed to install important safety upgrades known as “positive train control.”

The technology, which uses GPS and other technologies to monitor train positions, can automatically slow or stop trains to prevent collisions. A 2015 congressional order instructed Florida East Coast and 40 other railroads to implement…

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