Security and Safety

Amtrak service may be curtailed if PTC deadline isn't extended

Posted on September 10, 2015

DALLAS — Amtrak passenger service that runs on tracks owned by freight rail companies may be curtailed unless Congress extends a Dec. 31 deadline to implement a safety system that was mandated seven years ago, according to an Omaha World-Herald report.

December 2018 would be “more realistic” for implementing the technology, which automatically stops trains to prevent a collision or unsafe speeds, the Association of American Railroads said Tuesday in a statement. Only about a third of Amtrak’s 31.6 million passengers in fiscal 2013 traveled on its own tracks, so the majority may be affected if the freight railroads curtail or stop services, the report said.

The railroads face fines and penalties if the system isn’t operating by the end of the year. The Senate voted in July for an extension that requires having positive train control operational by no later than the end of 2018 in a transportation bill that needs approval from the House. For the full story, click here.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (1 Comment)

More News

Officials mull using Madison buses for texting-while-driving surveillance

The plan, contigent on a federal grant, would give deputies the ability to search for distracted drivers from a higher vantage point.

APTA announces annual rail safety award winners

The Rail Safety & Security Excellent Awards recognizes exceptional safety and security programs for rail systems in North America.

Man arrested after suspicious backpack scare at Portland rail station

Police said the backpack contained no explosives, however, items were protruding from the backpack to make it look dangerous.

BART police sharing crime data with website to boost public access

The site will process the crime data with its advanced mapping engine to show where the crime has occurred within the system.

 

Toronto's Metrolinx has shared smart card user data with police

The agency said it has received 26 requests so far in 2017 from police forces for “tap history” from Presto cards and has granted 12 of the requests.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (1)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close