The federal government expects railroads to implement positive train control (PTC) systems by the Congressionally mandated Dec. 31 deadline, Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said in a letter.
Chao recently sent the letter to the nation’s Class I railroads, intercity passenger railroads and state and local transit authorities. In it, she stressed the urgency and importance of safe operations.
“Advancing the implementation of Positive Train Control is among the most important rail safety initiatives on the Department’s agenda,” Chao said. “The FRA leadership has been directed to work with your organization’s leadership to help create an increased level of urgency to underscore the imperative of meeting existing expectations for rolling out this critical rail-safety technology.”
Click here to read the full text of Chao’s letters.