APTA: Commuter railroads making PTC progress

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WASHINGTON — A report compiled by the American Public Transportation Association says that commuter railroads have made progress on implementing positive train control technology and that several agencies are on schedule to meet congressional deadlines.

Progress, according to the association, includes:
• 22 percent of the 3,150 route miles are either in service or in full PTC demonstration mode awaiting FRA approval.
• 27 percent of the 3,400 locomotives and cab cars have PTC hardware installed.
• 40 percent of the 35 back office control systems are ready for operation.
• 70 percent of the needed radio spectrum has been acquired and 50 percent of the more than 1,000 radio towers have been built.
• 22 percent of the 13,000 employees have been trained in PTC and 9 percent of commuter rail agencies are expected to be PTC equipped by the end of 2016.

The association says PTC will cost commuter railroads more than $3.5 billion, which includes more than $16 million bandwidth on the radio spectrum. Agencies will spend about $100 million annually in additional maintenance costs, the association says.

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