Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008

Congress passed the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 to improve railroad safety. President George W. Bush signed the measure into law.

The most significant provision of the legislation was a mandate that most U.S. railroads implement positive train control (PTC) technology by 2015.

This was spurred by a September 12, 2008, train wreck. A Union Pacific freight train and a Metrolink commuter train collided head-on in the Chatsworth community of Los Angeles, California.

The technology was operational on required railroads by the end of 2020, following two delays.

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