Railroads Complete Nationwide PTC Installation By Year-End Deadline

  Federal regulators say the railroad industry met a year-end deadline for installing an automatic braking system on nearly 58,000 miles of track.

       Federal Railroad Administration chief Ronald Batory says the railroads worked together over the past 12 years to develop and install the long-awaited technology known as positive train control.

      The roughly $15 billion braking system is aimed at reducing human error by automatically stopping trains in certain situations.

      Those situations include when there’s a danger of such things as collisions, derailing because of excessive speed, entering track under maintenance, or traveling the wrong direction because of switching mistakes.

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