Metrolink gets GPS

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metrolink Metrolink gets GPS

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All Metrolink commuter trains will be outfitted with GPS-based tracking devices by next year — two years ahead of a federally mandated deadline for the safety system.

The $200 million system is the first if its kind on U.S. passenger railroads. The system will be able to detect if a train is on the wrong track, and can stop a train that misses signals to slow down.

A Metrolink spokesman says the system might have prevented the deadly 2008 Chatsworth crash.

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