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Positive Train Control Overview

  • 07
  • Jun
  • 2012
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
OFFICE: RRS
KEYWORDS: PTC, Intelligent Train Systems, RSIA
ABSTRACT: The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA) mandates that Positive Train Control (PTC) be implemented across a significant portion of the Nation's rail industry by December 31, 2015. Lines requiring PTC are essentially Class I railroad main lines (i.e., over which 5 million or more gross tons are transported annually) that handle any poisonous-inhalation-hazardous (PIH) materials; and, any railroad main lines over which regularly scheduled intercity passenger or commuter rail services are provided. PTC is expected to be implemented over a total of approximately 70,000 miles of track. This provides an overview of Positive Train Control.
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