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Amtrak announced yesterday positive train control (PTC) has been implemented on all Amtrak-owned or controlled track.
The final piece of the PTC project recently concluded with the installation of a mile of slow-speed track in the Chicago terminal, Amtrak officials said in a press release.
"As leaders in PTC implementation, Amtrak is pleased to achieve this milestone, and we will continue to work together with all of our partners to improve safety across the rail network," said Executive Vice President and Chief Safety Officer Steve Predmore.
Amtrak continues to work with partners across the industry to advance PTC on host infrastructure, officials said. In addition, it's working with tenant railroads that operate over Amtrak infrastructure to complete interoperability testing. The national intercity passenger railroad is on target for all tenant trains to be operating with PTC before the federally mandated deadline of Dec. 31.
To date, Amtrak has advanced PTC implementation across Amtrak-controlled routes and equipment for the following:• All (550) owned locomotives are fully equipped and PTC operable;• All (11) installation/track segments are completed;• All (160) radio towers are fully installed and equipped;• All employees who require training to support PTC operations have completed training; and• 898 of 898 route miles are in PTC operation.