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Based on third-quarter reports, the commuter-rail industry is on track to complete full implementation of positive train control (PTC) by the federal government's Dec. 31 deadline, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced this week.
As of Sept. 30, 100 percent of commuter railroads are PTC certified by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) or are awaiting approval on submitted PTC safety plans, APTA officials said in a press release.
Seven out of 23 of the railroads are certified by the FRA, and 16 railroads have submitted their safety plans to the FRA, a required step before certification, and are awaiting the agency's approval. Six other commuter railroads are tenants and their hosts have been approved by the FRA.
"The commuter-rail industry is poised to complete full implementation of positive train control by December 2020," said APTA President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Skoutelas. "Our industry has devoted tremendous time and resources to ensuring the safety of riders through PTC implementation."
Meanwhile, to find out where the major freight railroads stand with their PTC implementation efforts, read this article in Progressive Railroading's November issue.