FRA will enforce PTC installation deadline

June 24, 2015

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top railroad regulator said Wednesday she will enforce a Dec. 31 deadline for commuter and freight railroads to install safety technology that experts say could have prevented a deadly Amtrak derailment last month.

Sarah Feinberg, acting chief of the Federal Railroad Administration, told a House subcommittee that she sympathizes with railroad officials who have said they are unlikely to meet the congressionally mandated deadline.

But Feinberg said that unless Congress acts to extend the deadline, she has no choice but to require railroads to install a technology known as positive train control by the end of the year. Railroads that fail to meet the deadline could face fines of up to $25,000 per day.

“We really do run into a problem on Jan. 1 where the law is the law,” Feinberg told a House Transportation subcommittee. “I can’t extend the deadline, and I won’t extend the deadline.”

 

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