FRA Head Meets With PTC Vendors

Federal Railroad Administration officials recently concluded a series of meetings with vendors selling positive train control equipment being acquired by eight railroads that the agency has labeled as “at risk” of failing to meet a federal PTC deadline.

FRA Administrator Ronald Batory said he conducted the meetings in order to assess the readiness of the vendors and the at risk railroads to meet a Dec. 31 deadline.

Federal law requires railroads handling passengers and hazardous materials to have a PTC system in place by the deadline. The law also spells out the level of progress that a carrier must have made in order to qualify for an extension of the deadline.

Batory would not comment on the readiness of the PTC vendors or at risk railroads to meet the statutory thresholds.

Although the FRA in statement did not name the at risk railroads, New Jersey Transit is known to be the largest among them.

“Railroads, PTC system suppliers, and other key stakeholders must seize the remaining fourth quarter with finely coordinated efforts in order to meet the statutory prerequisites of Dec. 31, 2018. This productive stream of communication between all PTC stakeholders with ongoing FRA involvement must continue,” Batory said in a statement.

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