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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 20, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads today issued the following statement in response to the establishment of a process at the Federal Communications Commission for installing positive train control antennas.
“The freight rail industry believes the resolution proposed by the Federal Communications Commission and revised by Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for how to process and review the tens of thousands of communications poles and towers needed for Positive Train Control to operate is a positive step forward. However, the fact of the matter is that development of this process has delayed PTC implementation for more than a year and put the railroads even further behind in implementing the nationwide interoperable PTC network. On top of this, the process announced by the FCC will still require pole-by-pole analysis and it remains to be seen whether this new system will provide for timely processing or continue to delay the railroads’ efforts to implement PTC.
Under Chairman Wheeler’s leadership, a path forward has been identified and the railroads remain committed to doing all that is required to make PTC the nationwide, interoperable safety system Congress mandated. It is important to note, however, that despite the establishment of a process for reviewing PTC poles and towers for installation, an interoperable PTC system will not be seamlessly operating coast to coast by the 2015 deadline.”
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