Lawmakers subpoena NJ Transit regarding PTC delays

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NEWARK, N.J. — State lawmakers are investigating NJ Transit’s slow progress in implementing positive train control technology, Bloomberg reports.

Subpoenas were sent earlier this month to the agency’s records custodian and its executive director, Steve Santoro, seeking PTC progress documents. Santoro assured lawmakers in April that the agency would meet the Dec. 31, 2018, deadline, however, the Federal Railroad Administration was still concerned with the railroad’s PTC progress in a June correspondence obtained by Bloomberg.

While some railroads and transit agencies can apply for two-year extensions, NJ Transit may not be eligible because of delays in hardware installation and employee training.

The railroad submitted its second quarter PTC update to the FRA in June, showing it had acquired radio spectrum and was in the process of installing equipment along the right-of-way and on locomotives after it failed to achieve those milestones in 2016.

In the railroad’s most recent progress update, the FRA pointed out improperly removed information on revised milestones. The regulatory agency gave NJ Transit 30 days to correct the issues.

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