FRA to host symposium on PTC’s statutory requirements

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WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration will hold its first positive train control symposium in Washington on June 15. The event is intended to bring together PTC experts from the FRA and all 41 railroads congressionally mandated to implement PTC systems. Discussion will focus on the requirements for the Dec. 31, 2018, statutory deadline and answers to industry questions.

“The PTC Symposium is the latest effort from FRA to ensure that each and every railroad is aware of their obligations and is equipped to meet the Congressionally mandated deadline,” Administrator Ronald L. Batory says.

The agency will also hold two other PTC events this summer. The next, on July 16, will discuss best practices for PTC system field-testing and interoperability testing. The third, set for Aug. 20, will cover lessons learned and best practices for PTC Safety Plans, which are necessary for host railroads to obtain PTC System Certification from the agency and to achieve full PTC system implementation under the statutory mandate.

Full implementation of a PTC system means that an FRA-certified and interoperable PTC system – including all hardware, software, and other components – has been fully installed, has been sufficiently tested, and is in operation on all route miles required to have operations governed by a PTC system under the mandate.

To view the public version of each railroads' Quarterly PTC Progress Report (Form FRA F 6180.165, OMB Control No. 2130-0553) for the first quarter of 2018, go to each railroad's PTC docket on The railroads’ PTC docket numbers are available at
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