FRA says Positive Train Control 87% done

(Source: Railway Age, September 9, 2019)

NEW YORK — With 16 months left until the Congressionally mandated Dec. 31, 2020 deadline for full implementation of PTC (Positive Train Control), the U.S. railroad industry is drawing close, according to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Second-Quarter 2019 PTC Progress Report. Based on the railroads’ Second-Quarter 2019 PTC Progress Reports, which were due to FRA by July 31, 2019, the 42 railroads subject to the statutory PTC mandate “are making steady progress,” FRA announced on Sept. 9. “As of June 30, 2019, PTC systems were in operation on approximately 50,300 (87%) of the nearly 58,000 route-miles required to be equipped by Congress. This reflects a 4% increase since first-quarter 2019. Nonetheless, railroads must still complete significant work to fully implement their PTC systems by Dec. 31, 2020, especially with respect to activating PTC systems on the remaining required main lines and achieving the necessary interoperability with their tenant railroads.”

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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