OAKLAND (KCBS)— BART is going to test a first-of-its-kind system that would automatically stop trains when there are workers on the tracks. The Federal Transit Administration has awarded the transit system a $5 million grant to develop new technology that goes far beyond the existing trackside alarm technology.

The news comes in response to a deadly accident during the 2013 BART worker strike where they heavily voiced complaints about safety being a point of contention against management.

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It was October 2013, in Walnut Creek, when two workers inspecting the tracks during the strike were struck and killed by a maintenance train. Now, 16 months later, the FTA giving BART money for the improvements.

“It’s a $5 million grant to study and develop technology that doesn’t exist right now. It would be a system that actually stops a train if it’s approaching a worker who doesn’t acknowledge the train’s presence,” said BART spokesman Jim Allison

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Allison said the idea is to send a signal to a trackside worker’s warning device when there’s a train approaching and if the worker doesn’t respond— it would automatically stop the train.

The transit agency thinks it could be a “failsafe” system that would prevent any future deadly accidents involving workers on the tracks. It will develop and test the idea over the next two years, in conjunction with UC Berkeley.

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In the meantime, trains run at slower speeds in work zones, which cause delays and frustrates passengers.