Freight Rail & Positive Train Control (PTC)

The seven U.S. Class I freight railroads are committed to safely implementing positive train control (PTC) as quickly as feasible.
They all met statutory requirements by having 100% of their required PTC-related hardware installed, 100% of PTC-related spectrum in place and 100% of the required employee training completed by the end of 2018. In aggregate, Class I railroads had 83% of required PTC route-miles operational at the end of 2018, well above the 50% required by statute. Two Class I railroads were operating trains in PTC mode on all of their PTC routes at the end of 2018; each Class I railroad expects to be
operating trains in PTC mode on all their PTC routes no later than 2020, as required by statute.
In the meantime, railroads are continuing to test and validate their systems thoroughly to ensure they work as they should. Every day, as railroads expand PTC operations, additional accident avoidance becomes possible.

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