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Report Shows Most Railroads Will Miss Positive Train Control Deadline
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has sent its Status of Positive Train Control Implementation report to Congress. The report is mandated by the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and shows that after seven years and significant assistance from FRA, most railroads will...
Metrolink to roll out collision avoidance system
The LA Times reports that Metrolink will be the first commuter service in the nation to use positive train control, which would have prevented the deadly Chatsworth crash.Had so-called positive train control been in place five years ago, experts say, it would have prevented Metrolink's...
Lilee Systems and Alstom launch systems management tools for positive train control
Santa Clara, CA and Rochester, NY – April 16, 2013 – Lilee Systems and Alstom today announced the joint launch of a new, first-of-its-kind suite of interoperable Positive Train Control (PTC) products for rail lines. Combining their respective expertise in advanced communications systems and...
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $16 Million Grant for California’s Rail Network
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) can now begin spending a $16 million grant that will support safety and scheduling improvements on the heavily traveled San Francisco to San Jose corridor.The money will pay...
Passenger operators ask Congress for 3-year PTC delay
Passenger operators ask Congress for 3-year PTC delayPassenger rail operators have asked a congressional panel to push back the deadline for installing positive train control technology. Federal law says PTC must be installed on all passenger railroads and on freight railroads that carry...
2010 is Safest Year in U.S. Freight Railroad History
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has announced that 2010 was the safest year in U.S. Class I freight railroad history, with preliminary year-end data indicating the industry’s train accident and employee casualty rates both were at record low levels.The safety data, which is released...
UP line could be first mixed-use track to employ positive train control
UP line could be first mixed-use track to employ positive train controlUnion Pacific's line between St. Louis and Chicago is poised to become the first mixed-use track in the nation to meet federal safety guidelines calling for the use of positive train control systems. The cost of a...
FRA to scale back miles for PTC installation
 WASHINGTON -- The Federal Railroad Administration has agreed to a request by railroads to scale back the number of rail route miles over which positive train control (PTC) must be implemented before January 2016.Railroads asserted that since the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 was...
AAR Applauds Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison for Commonsense Approach to Rail Safety Regulation
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has applauded the introduction of a bill by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) that will scale back certain regulations required by the Federal Railroad Administration for implementing the Positive Train Control (PTC) mandate. PTC represents the most...
GAO report:Commuter railroads, PTC suppliers voice concern over 2015 deadline
GAO report: Commuter railroads, PTC suppliers voice concern over 2015 deadline A recent GAO report found that railroads and Amtrak are making progress on the implementation of positive train control as mandated by the Rail Safety Act, but there is the potential that they will not make the 2015...

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