CSX, NS, CN Can’t Make 2018 PTC Deadline

First they said they couldn’t meet the 2015 deadline and now three Class 1 railroads have told the Federal Railroad Administration that they won’t meet the 2018 deadline to implement positive train control.

Also saying that they can’t meet the deadline were commuter railroads SunRail in Florida, Chicago’s Metra, Trinity Railway Express in Dallas-Fort Worth and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

FRAFour other Class 1 railroads – BNSF, Union Pacific, Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern – said they would meet the deadline.

The deadline had been Dec. 31, 2015, but was moved back three years by Congress after intensive lobbying by the railroad industry.

The law moving the deadline to 2018 contains a provision that under certain conditions railroads will have until 2020 to turn on their PTC systems.

FRA Administrator Sarah Feinberg has warned the railroad industry not to assume that they will be given an automatic extensive to 2020.

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