Seattle

Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Positive Train Control

All Railroads With PTC Requirements Claim to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline

January 3, 2019 – All 41 railroads with positive train control (PTC) requirements submitted by Dec. 31, 2018 documentation claiming they fully implemented PTC or else qualified for an “alternative schedule,” the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced on New Year’s Eve.

Q3 PTC Reports Show Some Railroads Still At Risk of Missing Deadline

November 29, 2018 – According to railroads’ third-quarter 2018 reports released by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), four railroads are at risk of failing to qualify for an alternative schedule to finish implementing positive train control (PTC) by the Dec. 31, 2018 deadline.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of October 2, 2018

Wednesday, October 3 – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – full committee hearing on positive train control implementation status (witness list here) – 10:00 a.m., SR-253 Russell.

As PTC Deadline Approaches, Focus Turns to Interoperability

September 14, 2018 – As the Dec. 31 deadline to fully implement positive train control (PTC) or else qualify for an alternative schedule approaches, railroads and regulators are already turning towards challenges that will remain after 2018.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of September 10, 2018

Thursday, September 13 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials – subcommittee hearing on positive train control (PTC) implementation (witness list here) – 10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

FRA Announces $204M in PTC Grants as New Reporting Shows Progress Towards Meeting Deadline

August 24, 2018 – This week, the Federal Railroad Administration announced the recipients of $203.7 million in fiscal year 2018 grants to railroads for the installation of positive train control (PTC) technology ahead of a looming December 31 deadline. At the same time, FRA released the PTC implementation progress reports of all railroads as of June 30, which showed most railroads making significant progress.

FRA Solicits Applications for More Rail Grant Funds

July 20, 2018 – This week, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity for $318 million in railroad grant funding under the  Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program.

Senate Subcommittee Questions Commuter Rail’s Lack of PTC Progress

May 17, 2018 – The lack of progress in implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) on the part of some commuter rail lines fell under scrutiny at a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.

House Panel Pushes Railroads, Regulators on PTC Deadline

February 23, 2018 – The House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials held an oversight hearing on February 15 to examine which railroads might not make the December 31, 2018 statutory deadline for installation of positive train control (PTC) technology – and what the consequences might be for the railroads that fail to meet the deadline.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of February 12, 2018

Tuesday, February 13 – Senate Budget – full committee hearing on the President’s budget request for fiscal 2019 – 10:00 a.m., SD-608 Dirksen. Wednesday, February 14 – House Budget – full committee hearing on the President’s budget request for fiscal 2019 – 10:00 a.m., 1334 Longworth.

2017 TIFIA Loan Totals Top $4 Billion

January 12, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Transportation closed two more TIFIA loans in December, bringing the total loan volume for the Trump Administration’s first year to $4.1 billion.

Schumer Blocks Rail Safety Nominee

December 22, 2017 – Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) again blocked the nomination of Ronald Batory to become the nation’s head safety regulator as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

Senate Commerce Advances NTSB Reauthorization Bill

December 20, 2017 – At an executive session on December 13, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved a bill to reauthorize the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Fatal Amtrak Derailment Draws Attention Back to PTC Implementation

December 22, 2017 – This week’s fatal Amtrak derailment in Washington State has brought the issue of positive train control (PTC), a technology that automatically activates the brakes of trains to meet speed limits or red lights, to the forefront of debate once again.

Be Part of the Conversation
Sign up to receive news, events, publications, and course notifications.
No thanks