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Positive Train Control

PTC must be implemented by December 2018

Trains: A Safer Way to Travel (Select Spectrum Blog 7/11/17)

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According to APTA’s analyses, some of the results are as follows (by the end of 2016. ):



"Positive Train Control (PTC) is a system designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive speeds, unauthorized train movements in work zones, and the movement of trains through switches left in the wrong position. PTC networks enable real-time information sharing between trains, rail wayside devices, and “back office” applications, regarding train movement, speed restrictions, train position and speed, and the state of signal and switch devices.

The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, as amended by the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015, and the corresponding regulations issued by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) require passenger and major freight railroads to implement PTC on most major track lines by December 31, 2018. Railroads may request up to a 24-month extension of the December 31, 2018 deadline in limited circumstances. See 49 U.S.C. § 20157(a)(2)(B)."