Wednesday, February 03, 2010

APTA criticizes budget’s lack of PTC funding

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The American Public Transportation Association says President Obama’s commitment in his new budget to continued high speed rail financing leaves one important component unfunded.

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“We are disappointed the President’s budget does not include money to implement Positive Train Control, which employs a system capable of automatically controlling train speeds and movements to prevent certain accidents,” said APTA President William Millar. “We urge Congress to fund this system, which has a Congressional mandate.”

APTA also said: “We are pleased to see the President’s budget places an increased emphasis on sustainability and livability. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration in supporting more livable communities and job creation. Adequate public transportation investment will play a significant role in creating jobs and advancing livability.”