WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today released the 2018 Quarter 2 status update on railroads’ self-reported progress toward implementing positive train control (PTC) systems.
The latest data, current as of June 30, 2018, shows that 15 railroads have installed 100 percent of the PTC system hardware that must be installed for implementation, based on a review of the railroads’ PTC Implementation Plans and quarterly progress reports for Quarter 2 of 2018. Twelve other railroads have installed between 95 and 99 percent of the PTC system hardware identified in their PTC Implementation Plans. All railroads, except for one, that use spectrum-based PTC systems have acquired sufficient spectrum.
This marks a significant improvement from December 2016, where freight railroads had PTC active on just 16 percent of required tracks, while passenger railroads were at 24 percent.
In addition, 14 railroads have initiated sufficient revenue service demonstration (RSD) or met substitute criteria, which is also one of the six statutory criteria needed to qualify for an alternative schedule. PTC systems are in RSD or operation on approximately 37,705 route miles (65 percent) of the nearly 58,000 route miles that are subject to the statutory mandate.
FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory said:
“The railroads have achieved some significant improvements over the past year implementing this safety technology,” said “While we are seeing progress among a majority of railroads, we want to see everyone meet their requirements.”
To view the public version of each railroad’s Quarterly PTC Progress Report (Form FRA F 6180.165, OMB Control No. 2130-0553) for Quarter 2 of 2018, please visit each railroad’s PTC docket on https://www.regulations.gov/. Railroads’ PTC docket numbers are available at https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/