"Positive train control" rules are issued by FRA

New rules requiring freight railroads, Amtrak and commuter rail operators to install "positive train control" technology by the end of 2015 were issued by the Federal Railroad Administration on Tuesday. The safety system sends and receives data via wireless signals about the location, speed and direction of trains. Railroads estimate the total cost of PTC to be about $10 billion to $14 billion over 20 years. Union Pacific Railroad spokeswoman Donna Kush said the federal mandate does not include any federal funding.

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