November 28, 2016: PTC Implementation Progress Report Released

FRA has released the third quarter progress information on the Positive Train Control implementation. The information shown in the Q3 2016 report was provided by the railroads and also includes data on track segments completed, locomotives equipped, employees trained, radio towers installed, and route miles in PTC operation.
According to the report freight railroads currently have PTC active on 12% of their tracks. That is an increase of 3% from last quarter. Passenger railroads have PTC active on 23% of their tracks, which is an increase of 1% from last quarter. The overall progress on the passenger railroads was primarily made on the west coast.
FRA Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg stated “In order to achieve full PTC implementation, everyone has to do their part. Railroads must make implementation a priority and Congress must make funding for commuter railroads a priority.” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said “Passenger and freight railroads must continue their progress implementing Positive Train Control and work to beat the deadlines Congress set – because PTC saves lives.”

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