ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The agency that runs the region’s light-rail service says their trains do not have the “positive train control” system that’s in the spotlight following a deadly crash in New Jersey.

However, Metro Transit Executive Director Ray Friem says they’re not required to have PTC – that’s more for freight trains – but he’s quick to add that they have an interactive speed control system.

Friem says it allows the track to interface with the train and sets the maximum speed for the train no matter where it is on its route. He adds their current system already stops a train automatically if it gets too close to another one in front of it.

“Had a guy come into our terminals, it automatically reduces the trains speed to five miles an hour,” Freim says.”

He says they also have posts at the end of each rail line designed to keep trains from running off the rails – a last resort measure that Friem says they’ve never had to use in their 23 years of operating MetroLink trains.

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