Trio of Illinois Congressmen urge passing of PTC extension

October 22, 2015

On Oct. 21, U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL-5), a member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations subcommittee, Dan Newhouse (R-WA-04), a member of the House Agriculture Committee and Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03), a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, along with leaders of the rail industry, urged Congress to act immediately to extend the upcoming deadline for implementing positive train control (PTC) safety technology and prevent a shutdown of the nation’s passenger and freight rail system.Website Insert Coach Business Class Food Service copy

“The consequences for inaction on positive train control are too great. The time Congress has to avert an economic disaster is too short,” said Rep. Quigley.

The representatives recognized that many of the railroads required to implement the technology by the Dec. 31 deadline will not make it and also noted the devastating effect a rail shutdown would have on the economy. This week, Norfolk Southern issued a notice it would not accept Poisonous-Inhalation-hazard commodities as of Dec. 1 and would not permit passenger trains to travel on its network after Dec. 31. Other railroads are mulling the possibility of partial or total shutdown of their systems to avoid operating outside the law.

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