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Rail Runner eyes service cuts amid mandated safety upgrades

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Expensive federal safety standards may force New Mexico to reduce service for the state's commuter rail line.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports (https://goo.gl/hkWtvc ) the Rail Runner faces a short deadline and an estimated $50 million cost to implement a state-of-the-art train safety system called "Positive Train Control."

State officials acknowledge the Rail Runner is unlikely to make a Dec. 31, 2018, deadline for installing the safety system. They have submitted a limited operations plan that may reduce the number of daily passenger trains that travel from Belen to Santa Fe.

The required technology upgrade is an automatic, computer controlled braking system. It uses GPS satellites, radio towers and ground sensors to track where trains are moving and how fast they're going.

The system is aimed at preventing high-speed derailments or crashes.

Information from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com

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