U.S. Department of Transportation

01/02/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/02/2018 15:04

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Urges Railroads to Deliver PTC Implementation by Congressional Deadline

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today released a letter from Secretary Elaine L. Chao to all the nation's Class I railroads, intercity passenger railroads and state and local transit authorities stressing the urgency and importance of safely implementing positive train control (PTC) systems in the upcoming year to meet the December 31, 2018 deadline, as mandated by Congress.

'Advancing the implementation of Positive Train Control is among the most important rail safety initiatives on the Department's agenda,' said Secretary Chao. 'The FRA leadership has been directed to work with your organization's leadership to help create an increased level of urgency to underscore the imperative of meeting existing expecta­tions for rolling out this critical rail-safety technology.'

The full text of Secretary Chao's letters and background can be found HERE.

Background on Positive Train Control can be found HERE.

To view the public version of each railroad's Quarterly PTC Progress Report (Form FRA F 6180.165, OMB Control No. 2130-0553) for Quarter 3 of 2017, please visit each railroad's PTC docket on https://www.regulations.gov/. Railroads' PTC docket numbers are available at https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0628.