NTSB no longer looking for PTC

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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Checking a communication pole foundation as part of Metrolink’s PTC work.

When one hears the name "most wanted list," thoughts immediately go to the FBI's most wanted list that hangs in every U.S. post office.

The National Transportation Board has a “most wanted” list as well, but they’re not looking for criminals—they’re looking for transportation improvements. After having been on the NTSB’s most wanted list for years, railroad positive train control is no longer on the list.

Here is the 2021-2022 most wanted list from the NTSB:

Since the NTSB deals with all modes of transportation, most of the current list doesn’t have urgent rail issues – the only exception are improving rail worker safety. Indeed, RT&S reported Wednesday on the NTSB’s preliminary report on the death of a rail worker in California.

It’s likely that many in the rail industry, after years of work and stress to get PTC up and going, are very glad to see it gone from the most wanted list.

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