NJ Transit awarded $6.5 million grant to install positive train control

New Jersey Transit has received a federal grant of $6,542,353 from the Department of Transportation to install positive train control on a New Jersey Transit line that travels from New York Penn Station and Trenton to Hackettstown, U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th District, said Friday.

The grant comes as part of the fiscal year 2018 Positive Train Control Grants under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program.

Positive train control is a federally mandated emergency braking system that uses a series of sensors to automatically stop trains in the event of operator error. All rail agencies are installing positive train control as a safety precaution.