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Source: Federal Railroad
December 22nd 2008
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is
moving forward with developing new rules that prescribe how railroads
should implement Positive Train Control (PTC) systems to prevent
train-to-train collisions, announced FRA Acting Administrator Clifford
“We are acting quickly and without delay because railroads will need
guidance on how to create plans to deploy PTC systems by the end of
2015,” Eby said, noting the first deadline mandated by Congress in a new
rail safety law is April 2010, when major freight railroads and
intercity and commuter rail operators must submit their PTC
implementation plans to FRA for approval.
Eby stated that developing the new rules is a necessary first step to
specify how the technically complex PTC systems must function and to
describe how FRA will assess a railroad’s PTC implementation plan before
it can become operational. He added FRA is already working with its
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee to identify key issues and will
release a recommendations report by next April.
In addition, FRA is coordinating efforts with the Federal Communications
Commission to make available a sufficient amount of radio frequency
spectrum essential for PTC technology to function properly as it sends
and receives a constant stream of wireless signals about the location
and speed of passenger and freight trains moving along rail lines. FRA
also is working closely with Metrolink, the Union Pacific Railroad, and
the BNSF Railway to accelerate the deployment of PTC in the Los Angeles
area by the end of 2012, Eby emphasized.
“I am encouraged that the major freight railroads have reached agreement
for the interoperability of PTC technology across different rail
systems,” said Eby, stressing that resolving this key technical
challenge will facilitate PTC implementation industry-wide.
PTC technology is capable of automatically controlling train speeds and
movements if a locomotive engineer fails to take appropriate action. For
example, it can bring a train to a stop before it passes a red signal to
avert a potential collision. Other benefits of PTC systems include
prevention of over-speed derailments and unauthorized incursions by a
train into work zones.
Eby also noted that FRA has done extensive PTC-related technical
research in recent years and significantly revised federal signal and
train control regulations to support development of the safety