Federal Investigators Press Amtrak on Passenger Safety and Positive Train Control

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On Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, federal investigators pressed Amtrak officials regarding what the railroad company is doing to ensure passenger safety after two recent fatal crashes in Washington State and South Carolina.

In December 2017, Amtrak train 501 derailed in DuPont, Washington, killing three passengers and injuring dozens more. In February 2018, an Amtrak train collided with a freight train in South Carolina, killing two passengers and injuring 116.

Among the most important topics of discussion at these hearings was positive train control, or PTC, and Amtrak’s plan for implementing the technology that can automatically slow or stop trains in dangerous situations. Amtrak has been plagued by dangerous derailments and crashes over the past few years and in nearly all cases, PTC was either not installed or not activated.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has long advocated for the implementation of PTC technology of all railroads, but the industry has resisted, citing the tremendous cost and complex nature of installation. A federal law dictates that all railroads must have PTC installed by December 21, 2018. Amtrak says it is on track to meet this deadline.

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