HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Federal transportation officials and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have agreed on a nearly $1 billion federal loan to install technology that could slow trains when necessary on the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Wednesday the Federal Railroad Administration and MTA agreed on a $967 million loan to install Positive Train Control technology on nearly 1,500 rail cars. It automatically slows the train if the operator or a malfunction places it in jeopardy.

MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said Metro-North and the LIRR are putting in place the system, which includes installing on-board components for 1,455 rail cars and transponders.

Blumenthal said the purchase is worth every dollar.

“The engineers and operators of these trains are only human,” he told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.

A Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx on Dec. 1, 2013, killing four passengers. The engineer told investigators he felt “dazed” before the train hit a curve.

Blumenthal said Positive Train Control could have slowed or stopped the train.

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