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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has revised regulations governing changes to positive train control (PTC) systems and reporting on PTC system performance, according to a July 27 notice in the Federal Register.
First, recognizing that the railroad industry intends to enhance FRA-certified PTC systems to continue improving rail safety and PTC technology's reliability and operability, the agency is modifying the process by which a host railroad must submit a request for amendment to the FRA before the railroad makes certain changes to its PTC safety plan and FRA-certified PTC system.
Second, the FRA issued a final rule, which expands an existing reporting requirement by increasing the frequency from annual to biannual; broadens the reporting requirement to encompass positive performance-related information, including about the technology's positive impact on rail safety, not just failure-related information; and requires host railroads to utilize a new, standardized report form.
The final rule takes effect Aug. 26. The notice reported in the Federal Register can be read here.