Rail Safety: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Should Report on Risks to the Successful Implementation of Mandated Safety Technology
DIANE Publishing, 2011 - 82 pages
Positive train control (PTC) is a communications-based train control system designed to prevent some serious train accidents. Federal law requires passenger and major freight railroads to install PTC on most major routes by the end of 2015. Railroads must address other risks by implementing other technologies. The FRA oversees implementation of these technologies and must report to Congress on progress in implementing PTC. This report discusses railroads' progress in developing PTC and the remaining steps to implement it, the benefits of and challenges in implementing other safety technologies, and the extent of FRA's efforts to fulfill the PTC mandate. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand edition of an important, hard-to-find report.
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