NJ Transit lagging on PTC installation

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NEWARK, N.J. — In its latest report to the Federal Railroad Administration, NJ Transit has shown little headway in its installation of positive train control, northjersey.com reports.

The Jan. 31 report shows that as of Dec. 31, 2017, the agency has installed PTC equipment on just 35 locomotives of its 440 locomotives and trained just 143 of 1,100 employees. It trained just five employees during the preceding quarter, with none of its 70 dispatchers among those trained so far; and has trained just one engineer (out of 450) and five maintenance workers (out of 200).

Operators face a Dec. 31, 2018 deadline for PTC installation. In certain cases, the FRA may grant extensions for compliance up to December 2020.

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