WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Seattle Times reports that a new bill introduced in the House would give $2.6 billion to railroads to install positive train control (PTC), so they won’t miss the Dec. 2018 deadline.
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore), with co-sponsors including six Washington state members. It’s prompted by a Dec. 18 crash in which an Amtrak Cascades train derailed at 78 mph north of Olympia, killing three passengers and injuring dozens.
Amtrak promised PTC will be installed and activated on the Cascades line “during the third quarter of 2018,” in a letter last week from CEO Richard Anderson to Washington and Oregon transportation directors.
DeFazio’s bill would require Amtrak to issue quarterly progress reports not only for its own routes including the Northeast Corridor, but state-owned lines Amtrak operates — including the Cascades. For the full story, click here.