Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: PTC

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.

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.

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.

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.

Senate Holds Hearing on FRA, MARAD Nominees

July 28, 2017 – The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on July 26 held a hearing on multiple pending nominations, including Ronald Batory to head the Federal Railroad Administration and Mark Buzby to head the Maritime Administration.

FRA Awards $25M in PTC Grants, Releases PTC Status Report

August 17, 2016 – The Federal Railroad Administration has selected the recipients of $25 million in grants for positive train control (PTC) implementation provided by Congress for fiscal 2016 and has updated its estimates of when railroads will meet PTC implementation deadlines.

Congress Clears 3-Week HTF Extension (With PTC); Highway Bill On House Floor Next Week

October 29, 2015 – Both Houses of Congress cleared legislation this week that will extend expiring Highway Trust Fund spending authority for three more weeks (through November 20, 2015), which the President is expected to sign tomorrow. Section 1302 of that legislation also extends the deadline for railroads to reach full installation of positive train control (PTC) technology by three years (from 12/31/2015 to 12/31/2018), with individual railroads eligible for up to two one-year extensions after 2018 at the discretion of the Secretary of Transportation.

Congressional clearance of the three-week extension comes as the House Rules Committee has announced plans for structuring the debate on the DRIVE Act when that surface transportation legislation is brought to the House floor next week.

What Happens Next With the Surface Transportation Extension?

October 16, 2015 – The next Highway Trust Fund short-term extension could be packaged with a short-term increase in the limit on the public debt and/or a bill extending the December 31, 2015 positive train control implementation deadline.

Future Of Stand-Alone PTC Deadline Extension Uncertain

October 8, 2015 The White House joined the Positive Train Control (PTC) discussion this week, with spokesman Frank Benenati yesterday commenting to Bloomberg that “[the White House] believe[s] it is important that the [U.S.] Department of Transpor… Sorry – you don’t have access to this item.

Congress May Move Free-Standing PTC Deadline Extension Bill

October 1, 2015 – Following the recent release of a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that confirmed that most railroads will not have positive train control (PTC) fully implemented (or be anywhere close to full implementation) by the statutory December 31, 2015 deadline, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), ranking member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Railroad Subcommittee chairman and ranking member Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Michael Capuano (D-MA) proposed a new bill that would extend the PTC implementation deadline from December 31, 2015 to December 31, 2018.

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