Virginia Railway Express to install PTC equipment on-time

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A VRE commuter train near Stafford, Va., on CSX's RF&P Subdivision in May 2011.
Chase Gunnoe
ARLINGTON, Va. — Virginia Railway Express managers say they are currently on schedule to have all of their locomotives and cab cars equipped with positive train control technology by the federally mandated deadline, WTOP-TV News in Washington, D.C. reports.

VRE workers are installing PTC radios and computers on locomotives and cab cars. CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern are installing all wayside equipment on tracks used by VRE trains.

The agency’s commuter trains use CSX Transportation’s former Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad mainline and NS’ former Southern Railway line in northern Virginia.

The agency serves 19 stations across its 90-mile route. Congress extended the deadline for most U.S. railroads to install and use PTC systems to 2018. In certain cases, railroads may ask for extensions to 2020.

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