Freight Railroads on Track for PTC Implementation by End-2020
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | Comments

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) said positive train control (PTC) is on track to be fully implemented by Class I railroads by the end of 2020.

As of July 1, PTC is in operation on 91% of Class I PTC route-miles networkwide, with some Class I railroads planning to be fully implemented on their networks. The nation’s Class I railroads are on track to meet the congressionally mandated deadline to have PTC fully operable by the end of 2020, AAR said.

All locomotives have been equipped, all wayside units and radio towers are installed, and all employees have been trained, AAR said.

Under the mandate, freight railroads were required to have installed all hardware, acquired all necessary radio spectrum, trained all required employees and have implemented 50% of PTC territory or route miles by the end of 2018. Class I railroads met the 2018 installation deadline and are eligible for up to an additional two years to test and ensure the system is fully interoperable.

Freight railroads are required to have testing complete and PTC fully implemented across the required network by Dec. 31, 2020.

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