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Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory yesterday completed a second series of meetings with positive train control (PTC) system suppliers as part of the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) oversight of the rail industry's implementation of the safety technology.Batory met with senior leaders of suppliers that are directly associated with the eight railroads most at risk of not meeting the federal mandate that calls for railroads to implement PTC by Dec. 31 or meet certain criteria that would allow for a deadline extension.The meetings were held to better understand the critical supply chain and supply industry's capacity to support the installation and testing requirements, FRA officials said in a press release."Railroads, PTC system suppliers, and other key stakeholders must seize the remaining fourth quarter with finely coordinated efforts in order to meet the statutory prerequisites of Dec. 31," Batory said. "This productive stream of communication between all PTC stakeholders with ongoing FRA involvement must continue."
For more information on where railroads are in their PTC implementation plan, turn to this article in the October issue of Progressive Railroading.