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Fed watchdog to review PTC implementation

The U.S. Department of Transportation is reviewing the progress of railroads in implementing positive train control technology.

DOT’s inspector general announced an audit as commuter and freight railroads still struggle to meet compliance deadlines.

Congress originally established a December 2015 deadline for railroads to introduce the safety technology.  In response to industry concerns, the deadline was extended by three years with the option for a two-year extension.

PTC technology can prevent derailments and accidents by automatically slowing a train that is going too fast.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, PTC technology is operational along 27% of freight-rail route miles and 23% of passenger-rail route miles as of March 2017. Link to full story in The Hill.

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