New Haven, CT — National Transportation Safety Board member Jennifer Homendy, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and railroad safety advocates repeated their call for full implementation of Positive Train Control – emergency slowing and stopping systems designed to help prevent train crashes and derailments caused by human error.
Washington — Fully operational Positive Train Control technology “would have intervened” to stop a fatal Amtrak passenger train derailment in which crew members were inadequately trained and tested on various aspects of a new route, the National Transportation Safety Board has concluded after its investigation into the December 2017 incident in DuPont, WA.
Washington – Railroads would have until the end of 2018 to implement Positive Train Control technologies as part of legislation approved Oct. 27 by the House of Representatives and Oct. 28 by the Senate.
Washington – A bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing to extend the Dec. 31 deadline for railroads to implement Positive Train Control – an integrated system for controlling train movements, including emergency braking.
Washington – Congress should grant the Federal Railroad Administration the authority to extend the Dec. 31 deadline for implementing Positive Train Control technology, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.
Washington – The vast majority of railroads will not be able to complete the implementation of Positive Train Control systems by Dec. 31, 2015 – a deadline that Congress mandated in 2008.
What happens next is a matter for debate.
Washington – The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has approved a markup bill (S. 650) that would delay, by five years, a requirement for railroads to implement Positive Train Control.