18 Jan '18, 5pm

House bill would provide $2.6B for Positive Train Control implementation

DeFazio’s bill would require Amtrak to issue quarterly progress reports not only for its own routes including the Northeast Corridor, but state-owned lines Amtrak operates — including the Cascades. Xnatedawgx WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Seattle Times reports that a new bill introduced in the House would give $2.6 billion to railroads to install positive train control (PTC), so they won’t miss the Dec. 2018 deadline. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore), with co-sponsors including six Washington state members. It’s prompted by a Dec. 18 crash in which an Amtrak Cascades train derailed at 78 mph north of Olympia, killing three passengers and injuring dozens. RELATED: NTSB conducts initial review of Amtrak train recorders Amtrak promised PTC will be installed and activated on the Cascades line “during the third quarter of 2018,” in a letter last week from CEO Richar...

Full article: http://www.metro-magazine.com/government-issues/news/7281...

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