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Positive Train Control implementation: Update planned for upcoming Railroad Safety Advisory Committee meeting

November 5, 2019

Washington — An update on the implementation of Positive Train Control – emergency slowing and stopping systems designed to help prevent train crashes and derailments caused by human error – is on the preliminary agenda for the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee’s next meeting, set for Nov. 26.

According to a notice published in the Oct. 29 Federal Register, the meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Eastern at the National Association of Home Builders headquarters in Washington. Other items on the agenda include reports from the working groups for track standards, passenger safety and Part 225 incident reporting.


RSAC, which develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process, is made up of 40 members from 29 organizations, representing various industry perspectives. The committee last met April 24-25 – its first meeting in nearly two years.

A finalized agenda will be posted at least seven days before the scheduled meeting. Requests to submit written materials for review during the meeting are due Nov. 16.