|  Christine Marie Nielsen

FRA Q2 PTC Update Shows “Significant Improvement” in Adoption Rate

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has released its Q2 2018 status update on railroads’ self-reported progress toward implementing positive train control (PTC). The latest data, current as of June 30, 2018, showed 15 railroads had installed 100% of the PTC system hardware that must be installed for implementation.

The update said 12 other railroads had installed between 95% and 99% of the PTC system hardware identified in their PTC implementation plans. All railroads, except for one, that use spectrum-based PTC systems, acquired sufficient spectrum, according to the FRA.

These results represented a “significant improvement from Dec...

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