The Big Slowdown

Positive Train Control (PTC) is a system designed to alert train engineers when their locomotives are traveling too fast and to slow the train down automatically, if necessary. It represents a significant enhancement to train safety systems. Though the system was federally mandated in 2008, funding challenges across the country have contributed to a lack of PTC implementation. The crash of Amtrak Train 188 is one example of an accident that may have been prevented with successful implementation of PTC; this article explores how transit agencies across the US are addressing PTC implementation.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 22-25
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  • Accession Number: 01611284
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2016 10:32AM