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Positive Train Control effort stalled by Indian reviews to go faster

(Source: Bloomberg, January 30, 2014)

NEW YORK -- Regulators proposed a streamlined process for American Indian tribes to complete reviews that railroads have said make it difficult to meet deadlines for finishing the biggest rail-safety project in U.S. history.

Tribes would get less time to review, for historic significance, proposed locations for 22,000 U.S. communications antennae and would need to accept bulk applications for all equipment proposed in a county, the Federal Communications Commission said in a notice posted on its website yesterday.

Railroads were ordered by Congress in 2008 to install the safety technology, known as positive train control, which uses networks of sensors to automatically slow or stop trains if a crash seems probable. Lawmakers acted that year after a collision between freight and commuter trains in Los Angeles left 25 dead and more than 100 injured.

Full story: Bloomberg

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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