Amtrak Completes Positive Train Control Installation

Amtrak has completed the installation of positive train control (PTC) on all the tracks it owns with all 898 of its route miles now in PTC operation.

PTC is now in operation on all Amtrak-owned and controlled tracks. The final piece of work took place on a one-mile section of slow-speed track in the Chicago terminal.

Steve Predmore, Executive Vice President Chief Safety Officer, Amtrak, said:

“Completing PTC installation and implementation is a key component of Amtrak’s overarching commitment to the safety performance of intercity passenger rail for our customers, employees and the communities we serve.

“As leaders in PTC installation, Amtrak is pleased to achieve this milestone, and we will continue to work together with all of our partners to improve safety across the rail network.”

Amtrak is still working with industry partners to push ahead with the implementation of this safety technology on host infrastructure. Furthermore, Amtrak is working with tenant railroads that run services on Amtrak’s tracks to complete interoperability testing. It is on target for all tenant operators to have implemented PTC before the legal deadline.

All 550 Amtrak-owned locomotives are fully equipped and PTC operable and all 160 radio towers have been fully equipped.

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