Thirteen states share $197 million in federal grants for PTC

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Amtrak P42AC-DM No. 717 leads an 'Empire Service' train southbound through a tunnel near Garrison, N.Y., along the Hudson River in October 2011. The New York to Albany route will benefit from a $33.7 million investment in positive train control.
Michael T. Burkhart
WASHINGTON – Sixteen state agencies in 13 states will receive $197 million in federal grants to install and certify positive train control systems along intercity and commuter rail routes. Congress established Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Transit Administration competitive grant program in the 2015 Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. In fiscal 2017, 17 states entered proposals totaling $455 million.

The largest grant award, $33.,7 million, goes to the New York State Department of Transportation to complete installation of PTC along 94 miles of Amtrak’s New York to Albany route along the east side of the Hudson River.

Other significant grant awards include:
  • $31.6 million to the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority to complete installation of PTC on the South Florida Rail Corridor, which hosts Tri-Rail commuter trains and Amtrak.
  • $21.7 million to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board to install PTC equipment on seven Caltrain trains to operate on 32 miles of Union Pacific line between San Jose and Gilroy, Calif.
  • $20.2 million to Metra in Chicago and $18.9 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation for PTC installations along Metra's Milwaukee West and Milwaukee North lines, and Amtrak routes from St. Louis that operate over the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis.
For a complete list of grant recipients, amounts, and projects, go to

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