Washington Metro testing new tech to alert MOW employees when train approaches

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is having maintenance-of-way employees test new technology that alerts them when a train is approaching.

Workers are set to test alerters made by ProTran, including a two-way communication system that employees wear on their arm and begins to beep when a train in near. The technology also alerts operators that workers with the Protran technology are up ahead, ABC News affiliate WJLA reports. The technology has previously been used by the Maryland Transit Administration. The system is being tested on the Metro around Ronald Reagan National Airport and officials hope to have it in use system wide by 2019.

Officials tell WJLA that the new system will make the Metro safer. Just last year, a group of track inspectors had to quickly jump out of the way of an oncoming train because the operator did not know the tracks were being worked on.

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