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    Taking A Stand!!!

    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Local Union
    Albuquerque, NM
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    Default Pierce: PTC, two-person crews will help make rail industry safer

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, May 19 — On May 17, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its findings regarding the catastrophic 2015 wreck of Amtrak train 188 in Philadelphia. Two key safety issues of importance to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) were addressed by NTSB.

    First, NTSB concluded that the locomotive engineer became disoriented as to his location while managing multiple tasks due to distraction caused by an emergency situation involving a train on an adjacent track that had become disabled after being struck by a projectile. Second, NTSB found that if a functioning Positive Train Control (PTC) system had been installed on the route traversed by train 188 the accident would have been prevented; such a system has since been installed at the location where the tragedy occurred.
    Pierce: PTC, two-person crews will help make rail industry safer | Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

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    Retired !

    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Local Union
    Retired - New Penn
    South Jersey
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    Default Re: Pierce: PTC, two-person crews will help make rail industry safer

    The issue of positive train control is moving forward with the industry nearing 98% completed.

    Most Railroads Nearing Positive Train Control Implementation
    An automatic braking system for railroads is either in advanced field testing or operational on 98% of the required route miles mandated by Congress, according to a recent assessment by federal regulators.

    The Federal Railroad Administration announced May 15 that positive train control technology is on 56,541 route miles of the nearly 58,000 route miles mandated by Congress.

    Based on data compiled as of March 31 by FRA, the technology had yet to be activated on about 1,100 route miles. Congress directed railroads to fully implement PTC systems by Dec. 31, a two-year extension of an initial deadline.




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