Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Most Railroads Nearing Positive Train Control Implementation

Norfolk Southern train A Norfolk Southern train. Congress directed railroads to fully implement PTC systems by Dec. 31, a two-year extension of an initial deadline. (Norfolk Southern Corp.)

Positive train control technology is either in advanced field testing or operational on 98% of the required route miles mandated by Congress, according to an assessment.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 27, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Railroads on Track to Meet PTC Deadline, GAO Reports

railroad tracks Getty Images

A sense of optimism about the ability to fully implement automatic braking systems prior to a Dec. 31 deadline is shared by the country’s rail operators, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 1, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

AAR: PTC Implementation for Freight Railroads Almost Finished

BNSF Railway Co. BNSF is one of the Class I railroads that must have positive train control fully implemented by December of this year. (Thinkstock)

Implementation of automatic braking technology for freight railroads is nearly complete, an industry group indicated recently.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 4, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Railroads’ PTC Implementation Progressing, FRA Announces

PTC implementation is making progress, according to federal regulators. Workers use a crane to remove the obsolete train signal lights to prepare for PTC implementation. (Hultch Crane)

Rail operators’ implementation of automatic braking technology continues to show progress, federal regulators announced this week.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 13, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FRA Chief Ronald Batory: PTC Installment Is on Nearly 90% of Required Miles

PTC Association of American Railroads

The implementation of automatic braking systems on the country’s railroads was operational on nearly 90% of route miles required by law, Federal Railroad Administrator Ron Batory told a Senate panel July 31. The status of the implementation marked a 4% increase since the year’s first quarter.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 2, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

BNSF, Amtrak Detail PTC Progress at House Hearing

Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), chairman of the transportation funding subpanel. Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), chairman of the transportation funding subpanel. (House Appropriations Subcommittee/YouTube)

Executives from BNSF Railway Co. and Amtrak assured federal lawmakers of their firms’ adherence to congressionally mandated requirements regarding automatic braking technology.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 12, 2019
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Freight Railroads Record Progress on PTC Implementation, AAR Says

CSX locomotive Gene J. Puskar/AP

Large freight railroads functioned with the use of automatic braking technology for 83.2% of miles required by law, the Association of American Railroads announced Jan. 24. That proves the Class I railroads met 2018 requirements, and they are expected to finalize the implementation of positive train control technology by the final deadline of Dec. 31, 2020.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Nine Railroads May Not Qualify for PTC Deadline Extension, FRA Says

MARC commuter train Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) is among nine railroads that have demonstrated little progress in installing PTC. (Country Gate Productions/Shutterstock)

WASHINGTON — Nine railroads have demonstrated little progress with installing an automatic braking system, jeopardizing their chances to qualify for a Dec. 31 deadline extension to implement the system, the country’s top railroad regulator told a Senate panel Oct. 3.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 3, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

All Railroads Should Install PTC by Dec. 31 Deadline, NTSB Tells Congress

Commuters board a Caltrain car Commuters board a Caltrain car at the transit station in Millbrae, Calif. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Equipping the country’s freight and commercial trains with technology designed to automatically slow down or stop trains traveling at dangerous speeds would improve safety, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board told Congress Sept. 13.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

FRA Awards $203 Million for Positive Train Control Installation

New Mexico Rail Runner Express locomotive stands at the depot in Santa Fe, N.M. A New Mexico Rail Runner Express locomotive stands at the depot in Santa Fe, N.M. (Barry Massey/AP)

The Federal Railroad Administration recently awarded more than $200 million to support 28 projects that aim to deploy positive train control systems in 15 states.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 28, 2018