FRA Publishes Q4 2019 PTC Implementation Status Updates

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today released a quarterly status update on railroads’ self-reported progress, as of December 31, 2019, toward fully implementing positive train control (PTC) systems

PTC in operation on over 98 percent of required Class 1 route miles

According to the Association of American Railroads, PTC is up and running on over 98 percent of the Class 1 rail mileage required by law to have it. Here is a AAR

FRA: PTC at 92.4 percent

Based on self-reported Third Quarter 2019 (Q3) PTC (Positive Train Control) Progress Reports, which were due to the Federal Railroad Administration by Oct. 31, 2019, the majority of the 42 railroads subject

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New York MTA leans towards sticking with contractor despite PTC delays

Fair is never a good word when it applies to chances. But that is what a consultant is saying regarding the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s

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NTSB aims to determine probable cause of fatal Amtrak accident

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plans to hold a board meeting May 21 at 1 p.m. (EDT), to determine the probable cause of the fatal, Dec. 18, 2017, Amtrak accident near DuPont, Wash.

Sound Transit

Sound Transit completes PTC implementation milestone

Earlier this week, Sound Transit announced the agency’s completion of Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation and certification on all of its Sounder commuter rail vehicles operating between Lakewood and Everett.

U.S. rail network could be a year from meeting federal PTC goals

The U.S. transportation network looks to be a year from meeting its full implementation goals for positive train control (PTC), following developments as the 2018 year came to a close.


USDOT grant to bolster PTC along Metra lines

Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois’ third District has announced that Metra, the commuter railroad serving the Chicago metropolitan area, will receive more than $2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)

NJ Transit sets FY2019 ops, capex spend

New Jersey Transit, the nation’s third-largest public transportation agency, on Aug. 8 adopted a Fiscal Year 2019 budget consisting of $2.32 billion in operating expenditures and a $1.46 billion capital program.

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BNSF files for PTC deadline extension, cites interoperability challenges

BNSF Railway, citing interoperability issues, has filed a two-year extension request of the Positive Train Control (PTC) deadline with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).