Positive Train Control

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News March 26, 2019
Washington State DOT (WSDOT) officials recently announced the implementation of positive train control (PTC) technology has been fully activated along the Amtrak Cascades corridor, an update put in place in order to prevent future derailments.   The Amtrak Cascades corridor incorporates the Point...
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News January 03, 2019
Only four of the 41 rail systems in the nation required to implement positive train control (PTC) met the end-of-the-year deadline in 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT).   A CNN report indicates that the remaining rail systems, including Amtrak, have either applied...
News January 14, 2016
New advanced-technology electric locomotives are now in service along the Northeast Corridor. The locomotives will save the cost of about 3 billion-kilowatt hours of electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the coming decades.   The locomotives are designed for easier maintenance and...
News October 01, 2015
Legislators in the U.S. House are moving to extend the federal deadline for automated train safety control systems that most railroads say they will simply not be able to meet.    A bipartisan measure has been introduced in the lower chamber that would push back the deadline, presently Dec. 31,...
News September 08, 2015
According to Chicago area transit officials, Metra has selected Parsons to install positive train control (PTC) on the railroad’s commuter-rail lines. The contract—$80 million—represents Metra’s biggest PTC expenditure to date and will require Parsons to install an electronic train management...
News June 22, 2015
A measure sponsored by Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has called for spending approximately $1.65 billion annually over the next four years toward Amtrak, as well as $570 million per year on rail grants, totaling nearly $9 billion when all is said and done. This proposal...
News February 13, 2015
Railroads looking for an extension on the Dec. 31 deadline to install positive train control (PTC) will not get their wish, according to U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx. The federal government is contemplating a series of measures to help railroads implement the technology in the near-term.   PTC...
News February 11, 2014
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PATH) is poised to become one of the nation’s first mass-transit rail systems to meet the federal government’s December 2015 deadline for implementing positive train control. Positive train control is an advanced signal technology that enhances safety...
News December 02, 2013
Authorities with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) have begun investigating possible causes of the train derailment Sunday near the Bronx that killed four and injured at least 60. The speed of the train at the time of the accident is on the main elements investigators are...
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