PTC needs to be delayed, says Metra, other railroads

04/9/2013 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

The Railroad Safety Improvement Act passed by Congress mandates that PTC be installed by the end of 2015. However, the $13.2 billion cost and complexity of installing the safety system has Metra and other major railroads saying they need extra time. A Congressional Research Service report points out that while PTC is designed to prevent train collisions, most fatalities occur with people in cars at grade crossings or on the tracks. In addition, "PTC is expected to prevent less than 2 percent of the approximately 2,000 railroad collisions and derailments that occur annually," the report noted.

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