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Senator Blunt Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Extend Positive Train Control Deadline

March 05, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) introduced the bipartisan Railroad Safety and Positive Train Control Extension Act this week, which would extend the deadline for full implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) to 2020 to help ease the regulatory burden and costs for passenger and freight railroads. Click here to read the bill.

Missouri has 4,400 miles of main rail track that are operated by 19 different railway companies. Blunt's bill is co-sponsored by U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (S.D.), Ranking Member Bill Nelson (Fla.), and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (Mo.).

“We must work to do everything we can to improve train safety and accident prevention without burdening our nation’s freight and passenger rail industry," said Blunt. "Unmanageable deadlines could result in higher costs and a disruption of service. This bipartisan bill will help ease the Positive Train Control deadline to give railroads in Missouri and nationwide enough time to fully and safely implement this new technology.”

PTC is a technology designed to automatically stop or slow a train before certain collisions. The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 mandates that PTC must be installed by December 31, 2015. PTC is mandated on tracks that carry passenger rail and certain hazardous materials, and will cover around 60,000 tracks in total nationwide.

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