BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The Maryland Transit Administration will receive up to $9.44 million in federal transportation grants to install crash-avoidance safety systems on the MARC train Penn Line, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The “Positive Train Control” system is designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, speed-related derailments, accidentally running through work zones and routing trains to wrong tracks.

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The tech will be installed along 77 miles on the Penn Line, which serves about 272,000 daily riders and 11 MARC vehicles, according to the Sun.

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The grant is part of $197 million in competitive grand funding announced this week by the U.S. Department of Transportation, an effort to help commuter and intercity passenger railroads meet a Dec. 31, 2018, deadline to install positive train control systems.

The MTA award is for one of 17 projects in 13 states being funded through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015.

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