BANGOR – Officials say Amtrak’s Downeaster will continue to run from Massachusetts to Maine even without the automatic braking technology known as positive train control.

Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, told the Bangor Daily News the Downeaster doesn’t have to have the technology because fewer than 12 trips travel down the line each day.

The technology uses sensors and GPS to help stop trains from colliding or derailing. Federal authorities have set the end of the year as a deadline for rail companies to implement the technology.

Quinn says Amtrak inspected the Downeaster and found there are no risks associated with the line.

She says the New England rail authority is not currently planning to install the technology.


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